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Alabama / General Motors #81472

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 04, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tuscaloosa, Alabama) Community's and employees' refusal to let General Motors close its carburetor plant here examined; Reubin Haye cited as example of workers' longevity at plant. [Jerri LEWIS - recalls depression of workers.] Employees and management noted turning plant into applied research facility of University of Alabama, General Motors Corporation Corporation and United Auto Workers; details of plan explained. [Plant manager Tom GILLIGAN - notes benefits of combining academia and work force.] Problems initially encountered in project examined. [Task force director Dr. Barry MASON - acknowledges "ivory tower" approach of academicians.] Econs. involved in program so far for both GM and university outlined; various cost-saving proposals of students, faculty and workers described. Change in attitude of all involved in project noted. [Union representative Grady COOK, student Mike BUTLER, GILLIGAN - describe their satisfaction with program.] Univ. said considering similar programs with other inds.
REPORTER: Jay Schadler

Jennings, Peter;
Schadler, Jay

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