ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 07, 1977
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(Studio) United Steel Workers of America votes Tuesday and Wednesday for successor to President I.W. Abel; United Steel Workers of America is largest union in AFL-CIO and often sets example for other unions. Results of this election may affect national economy
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Gary, IN) Report on race between Edward Sadlowski and Lloyd McBride. McBride is backed by union Idrship., include outgoing president Abel. Questions at issue include some with regard to patriotism and cronyism between labor and management Abel is only union leader ever to receive Medal of Freedom. [SADLOWSKI - comments on Gerald Ford's award to Abel and George Meany's relationship with Richard Nixon.] Largest election issue with regard to Abel's Experimental Negotiating Agreement with industry [SADLOWSKI - says ENA takes muscle from bargaining power.] [McBRIDE - cites reasons for support of ENA.] Charges re: Sadlowski's backers and finances noted. [McBRIDE - says Sadlowski is tool for outsiders who want to influence director of labor.] [SADLOWSKI - responds to charges he's backed by outsiders.] If Sadlowski wins, it will be notice to AFL-CIO leaders that rank and file want change.
REPORTER: Ron Miller