NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 08, 1978
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(Studio) Carter administration plans to go to court on Thursday to get Taft-Hartley back-to-work order against coal miners noted. Completion of board hearing on strike reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Report on board hearing, attended by representatives of both union and coal companies [UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) President Arnold MILLER - says Taft-Hartley won't work; never has.] [Miner Mickey MESSER - calls Act a slave law; won't work under it.] [BCOA spokesperson N.T. CAMICIA (Central Intelligence Agency) - thinks administration statement that mine seizure might still be considered is encouraging union not to return to work.] [Board chairperson John GENTRY - reports decision of board that deep divisions are present.] Upcoming action to be taken by government noted.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace
(Studio) Fear of violence as factor in situation detailed.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Floyd Cnty., Kentucky) Miners' meeting in Pikeville, Kentucky, where they decide to defy Taft-Hartley unless government seizes mines, outlined. [MAN - sings song.] [Dist. president Robert CARTER - thinks there'll be violence if miners are forced back to work.] Damage done to truck belonging to local president Chester Newsome, whose group voted for contract, and Newsome's decision not to stay inhouse in Teaberry, Kentucky, reported
REPORTER: Jim Ruddle
(Studio) Power cuts, resulting in layoffs and economy Problems, noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Weston, West Virginia) Report on economic effects of power cuts in West Virginia, at Weirton steel mills, Clarksburg's Union Carbide plant and 2 Weston plants. [Alcon plant manager John VAN KIRK - describes employee reactions when told factory might have to stay closed.] [Ruby LOWTHER - describes own situation.] Governor Jay Rockefeller's plans to address state legislature on ways to cope with emergency mentioned.
REPORTER: Robert Hager
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