NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 28, 1978
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(Studio) Usu. arrangements for migrant workers obtaining jobs thru contractors outlined. Report is on contractor who finds derelicts and winos, contracts them to pick potatoes and gives as part of their pay cheap wine.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Johnston Cnty., North Carolina) Crew leader's recruitment of men from places like the Bowery in eastern noted; job they're chosen for said to be picking sweet potatoes in Johnston Cnty., North Carolina. Exs. given of men's situations. [ANDRUS - doesn't know what state he's in; came in van.] [CREW LDR. - recruits men from any-where he can get them.] Hidden camera film shown of isolated migrant camp, where crew leader hands out nightly bottles of wine to men. Amt. crew leader can make in year and ways to do it outlined. [Farm Workers Legal Services spokesperson William GEIMER - says uproar would come if epileptics were taken to fields and given medical in same way alcoholics are given wine. But as is, people accept it. Doesn't see much difference in situations.] [Sweet potato farmers' spokesperson Ben ROBINSON - gives reasons he believes crew leader serves valid function for alcoholic workers.] Other methods allegedly used by crew leaders to keep workers in camps described. [Migrant worker Tony BRYANT - tells of being hit by crew leader] Film shown of encounter between farmer and legal services attys. when attys. tried to investigate allegations of violence against workers. [FARMER - tells them to get off land.] Incident cited as having taken place in presence of deputy sheriff. Civil Rights Commission probes into allegations reported Upcoming report outlined.
REPORTER: Brian Ross
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