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Kentucky / Blue Diamond Mine Strike #49219

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 24, 1977
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(Studio) Coal miners continue strike against Blue Diamond Coal Company mine, near Stearns, Kentucky, because of safety standards. Strike began almost 1 year ago.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Stearns, Kentucky) Report on strike violence, which began when negotiations broke down as strikers demanded prevention of disaster like I at Scotia, Kentucky, in March, 1976. (Film shown.) Details of violence noted. [MEN - talk about shooting incidents at mine.] Strikers want to work under UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) and have union safety committee to protect them in mines. [Striker Tom WALKER - cites differences in situations with and without safety committee ] Mgt. says mines inspected adequately and legally and fears consequences of union committee [Mine superintendent W.D. COFFEY - says management feels it only gives miners license to strike on petty grievances.]
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

Dobbs, Greg;
Reasoner, Harry

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