NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 01, 1977
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(Studio) Labor Department will obey order of federal judge and allow foreign workers into country to harvest American apple crop. Department will appeal.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) American apple crop in Virginia and other eastern states is almost ready for harvest and growers had wanted to bring in 5,000 foreign workers to supplement dwindling number of American workers. Last year foreign workers made up much of force, many from Jamaica. Labor Department didn't want to allow but 2,000, so growers got judge to order all 5,000 allowed in. [Fruit Growers Association spokesperson Delmer ROBINSON - cites reasons growers want foreign workers.] Labor Department says growers want foreign workers because they'll accept cheaper food and housing than Americans will. [Assistant labor secretary Ernest GREEN - cites contrasts between American workers and foreigners.]
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine