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House / Mandatory Retirement Bill #495501

NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 23, 1977
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(Studio) House votes overwhelmingly to end mandatory retirement at 65; person would have choice of retiring at 65, with full pension, include Social Security, but can't be forced to retire until age 70.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Details of bill noted. Sponsor of bill is 77-yr.-old Representative Claude Pepper, who says measure is comparable to those guaranteeing civil rights and outlawing sex discrimination. Senator passage is expected also.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(Studio) Proponents of bill say age discrimination is as bad as sex or race discrimination.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Los Angeles, California) proponents' arguments with regard to advantages of bill cited. [California Commission on Aging spokesperson Ted ELLSWORTH - notes it will be hard for employer to tell aging person he can no longer function in job, but that commission sees situation as one in which more would need to continue working than would retire.] Some union officials say young people will have more difficult time getting into work force, without mandatory retirement age; most agree, however, that yearly testing or other methods of assuring continued competency on job of older workers must be developed, in order to reduce chances of companies' being accused of age discrimination.
REPORTER: Don Oliver

(Studio) Age of 65 as that of retirement became tradition after it was arbitrarily picked by Otto von Bismarck as he wrote Germany's social security law, 1 of 1st, in 1880's.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Oliver, Don;
Simpson, Carole

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