NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 29, 1978
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(Studio) Previous reports on migrant workers outlined. Upcoming report to be about results of complaints by migrants.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Migrant workers' strike against Ohio tomato growers in summer, 1978, recalled; film shown. [Strike leader Baldemar VELASQUEZ - says if they aren't considered slaves, they are close to it.] Strikers' attempts to shut down canneries like Libby's, Hunt's and Heinz stated. Their failure to get higher wages from farmers and canneries reported Reason for this said to be use of tomato-picking machines that can now be used because industry has developed new tomato with tougher skin. Advantages to farmers of using machines outlined. Farmers' reactions to strike in summer described. [FARMER - says machines will put migrants out of business] [VELASQUEZ - lists groups now going on strike; says it's different when migrants go on strike.] Case of Sanchez family, who went on strike and were told by farmer he is buying machine and wouldn't need them anymore, given. [WOMAN - describes feelings.] Sanchez family's departure for Texas mentioned. Future for migrants noted to look worse than in past.
REPORTER: Brian Ross
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