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NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 29, 1976
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(Studio) AFL-CIO textile and clothing workers union boycotts J.P. Stevens Company Incorporated
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina) Bicentennial celebration shown. 13 years ago, unions began trying to organization J.P. Stevens textile plants in South There are 7 Stevens mills here. Workers voted against unionization everywhere but Roanoke Rapids. Union orgs. negotiate with company officials for contract and 10% raise. [Union representative Clyde BUSH - says company never agrees upon anything.] Stevens turns down interview re- quests and allows no filming inside plants. Company tells reporter that free elections show that major workers don't want to be unionized and that the boycott's goal is to shut down each plant and job in US.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine

(DC) National Labor Relations Bd. (NLRB) found that Stevens Company violated labor laws in fighting unionization in each of complaints filed against company since 1965.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine

(Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina) [BUSH - says purpose of boycott is contract for Roanoke Rapids. Then, the union will start on other Stevens' plants.] Consumer boycott of Stevens' products may be difficult because company products not easily identifiable.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine

Chancellor, John;
Levine, Irving R.

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