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Special Assignment (Labor Unions) #86653

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 05, 1983
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(Studio) Communications Workers Union president Glenn Watts' remark on growth of labor unions in past century noted. Impact of New Deal pols. on labor unions in United States examined; films shown of that era courtesy AFL-CIO. Current status of American unionism examined in detail. [Former Labor Secretary John DUNLOP, attorney Stephen CABOT - discuss factors affecting unions.] [Former union member Howard SMITH - feels union leadership is crooked, greedy.] Lack of union at Nissan plant in Tennessee noted. [Nissan technician Tom KNIGHT - doesn't feel union could help workers here.] Mgt.'s new approach to employees such as Nissan's cited as example [Nissan manager Marvin RANYON - believes direct management-labor communications are important.] Lack of unions among high tech inds. considered. [Former UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) president Doug. FRASER - feels union should shift priorities; explains.] Potential unionization of South examined. [Textile union organization Jonathan LANG - considers rural grass roots organization union's future.] Union organization efforts at Hanes underwear plant in Georgia discussed. [Worker Mary JENNINGS - explains her support for union.] Complaints of Hanes' workers outlined. [LANG - claims company uses scare tactics; explains.] [Hanes Group president Paul FULTON - notes potential impact of unionism on job security] [EMPLOYEES - praise Hanes, criticize union.] [FRASER - notes weakness of absentee unionism.] Glenn Watts' concern over future of unionism quoted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter

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