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Air Traffic Controllers' Strike #73612

ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 07, 1981
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(Studio) Govt.'s continued use of military air traffic controllers due to strike and prognosis for future United States air travel restrictions noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Aurora, Illinois) Court hearing regarding legality of strike outlined; exchange between jailed union leader Steven Wallaert and Judge Oren Lewis quoted on screen. [PATCO president Robert POLI - wants negotiated contract.] [Trans. Secretary Drew LEWIS - acknowledges futility of jailing strikers.] Role of mil. controllers discussed; number of near-misses as claimed by international controllers' organization and United States government's response mentioned. Possible legal consequences for Poli cited.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory, Artist: Freda Reiter

(Chicago, Illinois) Current status of United States air travel examined; impact of strike on small commuter lines noted. [Air Illinois spokesperson John BINGHAM - cites no-shows.] Federal Aviation Administration measures at small airports outlined; support of strike by various labor groups noted. [Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union spokesperson Robert GOSS - announces union's boycott of airlines.] Legal catch-22 faced by strikers discussed. [PATCO spokesperson Colin SMITH - notes dilemma.] No. of workers returning to work, disputed by Federal Aviation Administration and PATCO, considered.
REPORTER: Ron Miller

(Studio) International association of controllers reported urging members not to clear US-bound flights; response of United States pilots' association reported Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Gregory,, Bettina;
Miller, Ron;
Reynolds, Frank

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