NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 20, 1976
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(Studio) United Rubber Workers' contract expires at midnight. Unions and big 4 rubber companies negotiate.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Cleveland, Ohio) Union president, Peter Bommarito, pressured by members who didn't think he won enough at bargaining table 3 years ago. Report written by Merrill Lynch says rubber workers might be justified in asking for 40% wage increases [BOMMARITO - determined to get equity.] Recent Teamsters Union settlement has set example for rubber workers. Workers earn $5.50 hr. average Rubber companies anxious to avoid strike due to incrd. tire production, but say they can't meet union demands. Rubber and tire prices to go up. Other unions will try to get increases that rubber union gets.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine
(Studio) Auto mfrs. stkpiled. enough tires to make cars for 1-2 weeks if there is strike.
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