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Coal Strike Developments #53281

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 06, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's announcement of intention to invoke Taft-Hartley Act in coal strike, after miners' rejected contract, noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Studio) Background of strike, leading up to Carter's decision to use Taft-Hartley, given. Democrats' historic opposition to Taft-Hartley noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Carter's meeting with congress leaders, who give their support, following announcement of Taft-Hartley use reported [CARTER - notes length of strike and says country can't wait any longer. Has ordered attorney general to take action under Taft-Hartley provisions.] Admin. pressure tactics to be used to counter miners' threats that they won't return to mines listed. [CARTER - expects all involved to abide by law, which will be enforced.] White House officials' statement that President won't ask for mine seizure authority.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Sequence of actions to be taken under Taft-Hartley outlined. Reaction to order by coal companies stated. Detail of Democrats' opposition to Taft-Hartley law, include Harry Truman's veto and later use of it given. Only Gerald Ford hasn't used it.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Is noted that more than Appalachian Mts. separate Washington, DC from miners in West Virginia.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Shrewsbury, West Virginia) Report on reaction to Carter's Taft-Hartley order by miners in Smithers, West Virginia. [Local president Homer GROUNDS - doesn't think men will return to work, cites reasons.] [Miner J.E. FORBES - thinks men would have gone back if President had seized mines.] In Charleston, Mine Owners Association member Quin Morton reacts to Carter order. [MORTON - thinks that major of miners will return to work.] John L. Lewis' actions in similar situation described; possibility that miners will defy UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) president Arnold Miller's order for them to return to work noted.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Studio) Miller's stated intention to obey law noted. Problems strike is causing for power supply and thus economy of West Virginia and other states described. West Virginia Governor Jay Rockefeller's preparations cited.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(DC) Report of effects of power cuts, present and potential, in Ohio, IN, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Kentucky, MD, Virginia, West Virginia and other areas. [Energy Secretary James SCHELSINGER - predicts amount of unemployment in affected areas by April. Notes ripple effect this would have in other states.] Potential for fall in industry prod. and limited growth in gross national product for 1st quarter of year cited.
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz

(Terre Haute, IN) Conditions due to strike and lack of power supply in Terre Haute, IN, reported Situation at Columbia Records plant described. [Columbia employee Kathy NEWPORT - states feelings about miners' contd. strike.] [Employee Diane WALTRIP - cites own situation and feelings re: strike.]
REPORTER: Richard Mayk

(Studio) Upcoming special broadcast on coal strike developments reported by Frank Reynolds and others, noted.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

Reporter(s):
Cordtz, Dan;
Donaldson, Sam;
Jarriel, Tom;
Mayk, Richard;
Peterson, Roger;
Reynolds, Frank;
Walters, Barbara
Duration:
00:10:20

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