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Air Traffic Controllers' Strike #73490

ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 03, 1981
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(Studio) Air traffic controllers' strike reported beginning today.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [pres. REAGAN - warns strikers of consequences of continued action.] Govt. response to strike outlined on screen, discussed. [REAGAN - defs. his response.] Calvin Coolidge's breaking of 1919 Boston police strike recalled.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Apparent standoff between union leader Robert Poli and President noted. [POLI - will not order members back to work.] Events leading to strike outlined. [Controller Jan ALSMAN - explains reason for not honoring strike.] Efforts of military and Federal Aviation Administration to continue airline schedules noted. [FAA admin. J. Lynn HELMS - claims everything is running as scheduled.] Legal efforts by government and airlines to bar strike discussed. [POLI - wonders what will happen if all striking controllers are fired as threatened.] Govt. and Poli's responses to each other described.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory, Artist: Tom Christopher

(Studio) AFL-CIO president Lane Kirkland reported thinking government has overreacted to controllers' strike; details given. Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Donaldson, Sam;
Gregory,, Bettina;
Reynolds, Frank

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