NBC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 30, 1975
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(Studio) Hd. West Coast longshoremen, Harry Bridges, 74, honored.
REPORTER: Tom Snyder
(San Francisco, California) Bridges, Australian born, jumped ship in 1920 to work on California docks. 14 years later, he led bloody general strike. By 1937, he organized International Longshoremen and Warehousemen's union. He was controversial; enemies called him a Communist Congress failed to prove it; he became citizen. In 1960's, he helped automated cargo-moving systems come to docks. In 1971, he shut down West Coast ports for 100 days. Honored at $50 plate dinner. [BRIDGES - says hasn't changed. At 1 time, fighting for Social Security considered cmnstic.]
REPORTER: Steve Mallory
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