NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 15, 1978
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(Studio) Washington, DC meeting of UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) bargaining council to go over new contract proposal and reaction to new agreement in coal fields reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Along Kanawha River, West Virginia) Relief in communities along West Virginia's Kanawha River re: possibility that contract might be ratified reported [Cannelton union local pres. Joe CAMPBELL - thinks previous proposals didn't have view of rank and file miner and hopes this one does.] Vote against last contract by miners along Morris Creek noted. [Local president Bill LUCAS - predicts 3-1 acceptance in own local.] Dry Branch is home of several retired miners. [Retired miner Clarence PETRIE - would have voted against last proposal, but favors this one.] Reaction of Betty and Walter Barnett, patients at Upper Kanawha Health Clinic, noted. Contd. debate over new contract stated.
REPORTER: Robert Hager