• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Air Traffic Controllers in the United States have been strengthening their strike action after one of their regional leaders was taken in chains to jail for violating a court order.

  • Description

    1.
    SV Marching strikers with placards and banners.
    0.06

    2.
    SV Jailed air controller Steven Wallaert with union and leader Robert Poli.
    0.26

    3.
    SCU Robert Poli speaking.
    0.38

    4.
    SCU Steven Wallaert speaking.
    0.48

    5.
    SV Supporters outside jail, Poli walks out to speak.
    0.53

    6.
    SCU Poli speaking.
    1.03

    7.
    GV AERIAL VIEW OF Airport.
    1.09

    8.
    CU PULL BACK SV Pilot at aircraft controls, plane coming in to land. (2 SHOTS)
    1.23

    9.
    GV Union member at rally.
    1.28

    10.
    SV Official addressing union members. (3 SHOTS)
    1.35

    11.
    SV Union men welcoming back controller to picket lines.
    1.48


    SPEECH ON CASSETTE (TRANSCRIPT)



    SEQ. 3: POLI: "They're in trouble. They're in serious trouble. They're getting on each other's nerves inside the centres. They're working the ten hours a day, six days a week. They can't sustain it."



    SEQ. 4: WALLLAERT: "My feeling -- personal feeling is that the administration is playing a Russian Roulette game, and so far, everything's been hitting on an empty chamber."



    SPEECH ON CASSETTE (TRANSCRIPT)



    SEQ. 6: POLI: "They put him in shackles, they put us in jail. They try to intimidate us. The strike goes on. Thank you."



    SPEECH ON CASSETTE (TRANSCRIPT)



    SEQ. 10: UNION MAN: "Do you think that facility can be running safe air traffic control?"



    CROWD: "NO!"





    Initials JS



    NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY INCLUDES NARRATION BY GENE PELL AND DON OLIVER OF NBC, WHICH MAY BE SUED IF PREFERRED.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: INTRODUCTION: Air Traffic Controllers in the United States have been strengthening their strike action after one of their regional leaders was taken in chains to jail for violating a court order.

    SYNOPSIS: The President of the air traffic controllers' union, Robert Poli, has accused the government of fascist tactics in its treatment of the strikers. Five of them have been jailed for contempt of court and one of them, Steven Wallaert, was lead from the court in chains. Mr. Poli visited him in Fairfax jail in Virginia, and told him the strike was hitting the administration.

    Mr. Poli then spoke to about fifty strikers who had gathered outside.

    The government has been working on a plan to keep lanes flying despite the strike.

    Sixty of the smaller airports are being closed and their controllers will be sent to work at larger airports, which only be operating a t half their capacity. The strikers claim -- although without proof -- that the airlines cannot operate safely without them.

    There were emotional scenes at the Los Angeles regional air traffic control centre when a number of controllers who had been working joined the strike and were welcomed to the picket line.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8L300RUU7YK0M29QJLHFY4CJ0
    Media URN:
    VLVA8L300RUU7YK0M29QJLHFY4CJ0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/08/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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