ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 24, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. coal strike and President Carter's planned speech to nation tonight noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Studio) Events of week, in coal strike negotiation, leading to President Carter's decision to speak to nation mentioned.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Sources' reports with regard to possible steps Carter will announce to end coal strike, include initial action to invoke Taft-Hartley Act, listed. Carter's meeting with BCOA execs. this morning detailed. (Report interrupted here for local news bulletin; 5:02:20 to 5:04:40.)
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) (Report is preempted by above local news bulletin.)
REPORTER: Charles Gibson
(Studio) Agreements between UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) and 2 more independent coal companies on certain issues and continued negotiations between union and BCOA reported Senator interruption of debate on Canal treaty to discuss coal strike situation mentioned; also decision to give President additional authority needed to get mines back into operation.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Congress staffers' efforts to write legislature giving Carter authority to seize coal mines, in cooperation with White House and Labor Department noted. Statements of House majority leader Jim Wright, Speaker Tip O'Neill, Representative Clarence Brown and Senator Richard Luger cited; attitudes of Democrats and Republicans described. Taft-Hartley mentioned.
REPORTER: Don Farmer Artist: Freda Reiter
(Charleston, West Virginia) Report on reaction of miners at UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) district headquarters in Charleston, West Virginia, to expectations about Carter's upcoming speech. [MAN - thinks Carter making speech just to look good, because miners get info. indicating agreement will be signed on Saturday] [2nd MAN - doesn't think speech will mean much to miners; Carter is just saving face.] [3rd MAN - cites steel companies representatives meeting with Carter this morning; describes own understanding about pressure on representatives with regard to imported steel from Japan and acceptance of proposal to BCOA.] Expectations that miners will reject contract following lines of agreement between UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) and Pittsburgh and Midway reported.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson
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