ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 06, 1981
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(Studio) Continued strike by air traffic controllers despite government efforts to fire them reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Fairfax, Virginia) Yesterday's arrest of PATCO local president Steven Wallaert recalled; union president Robert Poli noted visiting him in jail today. [WALLAERT - thinks administration is playing Russian roulette.] [POLI - considers system collapsing.] [Striker Richard GRUBB - comments.] American Federation of Govt. Employees reported joining pickets; PATCO's request of AFL-CIO members to honor picket lines mentioned. [Trans. Secretary Drew LEWIS - comments on rebuilding traffic controller system.] Govt. action outlined on screen. [LEWIS - notes threats against working controllers.] [Representative Mary Rose OAKAR - acknowledges her inability to get both sides to appear before House committee ] Continuing arrests and fines today mentioned.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory
(Chicago, Illinois) Current status of air travel efficiency and safety examined. [MAN - thinks its all running smoothly.] [Nonstriking controller Evan BLACK - considers situation deteriorating.] [Passengers Dr. William ENGBRETSON, Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Neil CALLAHAN - discuss safety factor.] Expansion of some PATCO picket lines noted. [CALLAHAN - comments on firings.] [Winston DEAL - discusses applying for air traffic controller job.] Harold Brown's televised support of striking colleagues reported netting him termination. [BROWN - comments.]
REPORTER: Ron Miller