NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 06, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's decision to invoke Taft-Hartley Act to end coal strike, instead of seizing mines with congress consent, noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) [CARTER - notes effect of strike on industry, in power cuts and unemployment. Power cuts in IN and West Virginia cited.] President's call for coal operators to pay wages contained in rejected contract reported [CARTER - says law will be enforced; calls on all to cooperate.] Details of administration plans for pressure to increase chances of miners returning to work given; FBI and United States marshals have been alerted to move against violators of order.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson
(Studio) Indications that operators won't pay higher wages but maintain payscale of old contract reported Miners' opposition to Taft-Hartley, UMW pres. Miller's announced intention to obey it and lack of knowledge of most Americans with regard to law stated.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Steps involved in actually invoking Taft-Hartley Act listed. Review committee 's meeting at Labor Department after Carter announcement noted. Carter's ability to ask Congress to impose contract on miners after all other steps completed, if contract not ratified, cited.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine Artist: Betty Wells
(DC) History of Taft-Hartley Act, UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) opposition to it and defiance of it by late union president John L. Lewis, and Harry Truman's attempted veto and later use of it outlined. Films and photos shown.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit
(Studio) Upcoming reports outlined.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
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