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Coal Ind. / Strike Negotiations and Effects / Black Lung Benefits Bill #52625

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 15, 1978
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(Studio) Recent developments in coal strike negotiations, include President Carter's invitation to ptys. to talk at White House, noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) Letter from operators rejecting Carter's offer quoted; is sent to Labor Secretary Operators' later decision to attend talks reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Update on coal talks given. President Carter's schedule for day noted and Press Secretary Jody Powell's preparations for statement on operators' rejection of President's invitation detailed. Change in situation with UMW pres. Arnold Miller's agreement to add to own negotiating team outlined. Time factor involved in settling strike mentioned.
REPORTER: Ann Compton

(Studio) Upcoming commentary on strike noted. Details of interview with UMW pres. Miller, by Charles Gibson, given; union leader's statement re: reaching agreement quoted. Miller questioned about coal shipments from nonunion mines. Film shown. [MILLER - doesn't know if there would be violence in such event, but union miners wouldn't like it. Asks how he could stop violence.] Concerns with regard to shipment of nonunion coal in states where coal is available noted; Ohio and Pennsylvania have supplies, but aren't shipping. IN governor's calling up of National Guard to help move coal mentioned.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Cayuga, IN) National Guard and state police escort of coal truck convoy from s. IN stkpiles. to Public Service of IN (PSI) plant in north of state reported; Governor Otis Bowen's decision to call for escort due to fears of union miner violence noted. PSI plant for which coal is destined is near Cayuga, IN.

(Lafayette, IN) Effect of strike and coal shortage on educational process at Purdue University reported; school's cutbacks in attempt to stay open noted. [Instructor Gary SCHLARBAUM - cites problem brought by uncertainty about future classes.] [STUDENT - says radio is usually on all day, but they do turn off lights.] possibility of lost research substances without proper refrigeration cited. [Purdue biology department spokesperson Dr. Robert SMITH - states possible extent of losses in department]
REPORTER: Ron Miller

(Studio) House passage of bill making it easier for miners to collect black lung benefits reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Symptoms of former miner and black lung victim Elmer Lockhart listed; photos shown. [LOCKHART - says it's slow death.] Lockhart's own unsuccessful attempts to get benefits from government and daughter's attempts, finally successful this year, stated. [Lockhart's daughter Pat LESNAK - feels ineffectiveness of black lung benefits bill destroyed family, as disease is destroying father.] Labor Department statistics with regard to problems in benefit program listed. [Assistant Secretary of Labor Don. ELISBURG - says when he came into job, claims were being bundled and stored without being examined at all, but notes this has changed.] Charlie Ketron's fight to get benefits noted. [KETRON - will continue to fight.]
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

Compton, Ann;
Gregory, Bettina;
Miller, Ron;
Reasoner, Harry;
Reynolds, Frank;
Watts, Ken

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