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Air Traffic Controllers #518612

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 02, 1981
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(Studio) Efforts to avert air traffic controllers' strike, following President Reagan's warning regarding consequences of such action, reported
REPORTER: John Palmer

(DC) Continue negotiations examined; films shown. [Trans. Secretary Drew LEWIS - warns of legal action in event of strike.] [Courtesy "Meet the Press", Attorney General William French SMITH - says there will be no negotiations during any strike.] [Controllers' union president Robert POLI - refuses to extend deadline.] Union demands and government response outlined on screen, discussed. [Federal mediator Ken. MOFFETT - thinks both sides are still miles apart.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Chicago, Illinois) United Air Lines said illustrating passengers response to possible strike. [Passengers Mary NORTON, Pat HENRY - explain their positions.] [United Air Lines spokesperson Joe HOPKINS - notes contingency plans.] Anticipated response of controllers with seniority noted.
REPORTER: Jim Cummins

(DC) FAA's contingency plan for strike outlined. [McGuire Air Force Base chief of operations Major Jerome SIMMER - doesn't anticipate any problem with military handling air traffic control.] Details of FAA's contingency plan outlined on screen, discussed.

Cummins, Jim;
Hager, Robert;
Palmer, John;
Pell, Gene

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