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Kentucky Miners Strike / Violence #490939

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 18, 1977
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(Studio) For last 15 mos., UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) has been on strike against Justus mine in Stearns, Kentucky. On Monday, workers tried to block road to mine, there was violence and many were arrested. They are arraigned today.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Williamsburg, Kentucky) Free-lance photographer made films being shown, as Kentucky state police move in on Monday to disperse miners violating court order limiting number of pickets at Blue Diamond Coal Company's Justus mine. Miners had barred entrance to mine to keep troopers from escorting nonunion workers inside. Troopers gather at mine today, but miners reduce number to limit of 6, so there's no trouble. However, miners say state police intervened on side of coal company [MINER - says state is against them, they've been harassed and are tired of it. They're here to fight and will stay here.] At arraignment, judge doesn't require cash bond from men, remembering they have been out of work for over a year, but makes them promise not to violate court order again. Judge Philip Wicker pleads for end to violence.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones

Chancellor, John;
Jones, Kenley

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