NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 23, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. coal strike and pressure on President Carter to act noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Carter's comments about strike situation, after ceremony at FBI headquarters, reported [CARTER - doesn't know if he'll have to take action in coal strike; will depend on today's dvts. Hasn't given up on negotiated settlement.] Possibilities of mine seizure or use of Taft-Hartley Act cited. Carter's mtgs. with congress leaders and govs. of 3 coal-producing states detailed. [West Virginia Governor Jay ROCKEFELLER - is convinced President will act if situation not resolved by wkend. Says resolution of strike is for BCOA to agree to contract.] Govs.' urging of operators to agree to contract already accepted by one independent coal company reported.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine
(Studio) Results of NBC News-AP poll questioning public on reactions to President's use of Taft-Hartley noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Coalburg, West Virginia) Reactions of UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) miners in Charleston, West Virginia, to news that Carter is delaying action reported [Union official Cecil ROBERTS - says all 3 alternatives for Carter would be political suicide.] [Larry NIBERT - is happy with situation because they want negotiated contract.] [Bill WHITE - was working when Harry Truman tried to invoke Taft-Hartley. Says it didn't work then and won't now.] [Fred TUCKER - says only miners were hurt at beginning of strike, but now others' finances are being affected.] Miners' reaction to NBC-AP poll on public wish for Carter to use Taft-Hartley cited.
REPORTER: Bob Kur
(Studio) Strike's demonstration of how dependent country is on coal noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Situation and government reaction to it analyzed. Layoffs in West Virginia and day furlough of General Motors Corporation workers in IN mentioned, along with other effects. Actions and statements of President Carter and Labor Secretary Ray Marshall also analyzed.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit
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