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Economy / Ind. and Housing / Labor and Organization / Senate Debate #53862

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 16, 1978
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(Studio) Govt. economy reports outlined; figs. for April in industry product and hsing. starts noted. Pledge of representatives of nation's home builders to freeze level of profits for 6 mos. reported; home builders' upcoming labor negotiations in many parts of United States mentioned. Senator's beginning of debate on labor bill that would make it easier for workers to organization mentioned; impact of bill on South stated.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Photos shown; lobbying efforts by business and labor leaders against and in favor of bill, respectively, described. Senator Jennings Randolph's mtgs. with various representative groups noted. Carter administration's support of bill along with organized labor reported Details of bill listed. Opposition to bill by Chamber of Commerce stated. [US Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Dr. Richard LESHER - cites views of organized labor's reasons for pushing measure.] Filibuster planned against bill by GOP's noted. [Senator Orrin HATCH - states reasons Republican plan filibuster.] AFL-CIO president Meany's citing of Jimmy Smith, of Brunswick, Georgia, as example of victim of union-busting busmen. reported.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

(Brunswick, Georgia) Smith's search for job as unemployment benefits run out noted. Background of his job troubles after he organized union at Brunswick Coca-Cola Bottling Company outlined. [SMITH - says company knew he wouldn't give in. Is union man and believes people here need help.] Company representatives' reluctance to talk about Smith, as case is still pending before National Labor Relations Board, noted. [Company SPOKESPERSON - tells news crew to get off property.] Company official's statement that over 90% of workers involved have signed petition that they want to get out of union cited.
REPORTER: Bernard Shaw

Farmer, Don;
Reynolds, Frank;
Shaw, Bernard

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