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American Railroad. System / Conrail / Cong. Hearing #54464

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 27, 1978
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(Studio) Worsening conditions of American railroad system detailed. Formation of Conrail in attempt to keep system going noted. Senator hearings in New York City on success of program reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Congress provision for payment of laid off, dropped or downgraded employees when Conrail was formed detailed; Pennsylvania Trucking Lines laid off trailer repairman Vernon Conway's case given as example Claims by Pennsylvania Trucking workers that company now pays outside firms to do work formerly done by laid off workers reported [Shop steward Ralph CHIRICO - feels company is paying double price.] [Conrail Vice President John SWEENEY - says company is trying to eliminate trucking business, as it is part of railroad business, and this is method of doing so.] Shortage of congress funds provided for layoff payments noted. Comments of Senator George McGovern and Representative Toby Moffett at cong. hearings begun in New York City about operation of Conrail stated. [MOFFETT - says there's no efficiency, profit, or accountability to Congress by RR, so Congress loses both ways.]
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz

Reporter(s):
Cordtz, Dan;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:02:30

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