Description: Episode #24 OBD: 1964-03-16 TRT: 30 min Description: At ISSUE camera crews will report, from on-the-screen, the raging dispute between labor and management in the Florida East Coast Railway strike in which violence and sabotage have erupted. The latest sabotage prompted President Johnson to call in the FBI to investigate. The Florida East Coast Railway dispute hinges on the agreement reached last year by all other railroads’ labor and management boards. The FEC was the lone exception in abiding by the pay raise, working condition contract. As a result, the union employees of FEC went on strike a year ago January, but FEC continued to operate. The Florida East Coast Railway, headed by board chairman Edward Ball, sing then has hired college students and other personnel, and has reported that the railroad is now operating more efficiently, making more money, and – even if the unions wanted to come back on FEC’s terms – the company doesn’t want or need them. The national implications of the strike in Florida are significant. For the United States is facing the possibility of a nationwide strike this spring by the railroad unions over the controversial featherbedding issue. AT ISSUE cameras will examine the intense clash with reports and coverage from Jacksonville, Miami, Cape Kennedy, and New Smyrna Beach. At the Cape, construction activity has been hindered because of the FEC strike. Representatives of union and management involved in the FEC dispute will be interviewed. Host and Commentator: Trevor Armbrister, contributing writer for the Saturday Evening Post and author of a recent article about the dispute in that magazine “Railroad That Defies the Union” Guests: George E. Leighty, chairman of the eleven non-operating unions involved in the FEC strike. AT ISSUE A 1964 National Educational Television production Executive producer: Alvin Perlmutter Producer: Leonard Zweig
Keywords: women's rights
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