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Business vs. Labor (1988)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-12-16

Duration: 00:27:36

Subjects: Business | Labor | Louisiana AFL-CIO | Louisiana Association of Business and Industry | Bussie, Victor V., 1919-2011 | STEIMEL, ED


  • Lormand, Ken Host
  • Sockman, Roger Reporter
  • Bourg, John "Red" Interviewee
  • Juneau, Dan Interviewee
  • Steimel, Ed Interviewee
  • Bussie, Victor Interviewee
  • Matthews, Henry Interviewee
  • Cohn, David Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee
  • Roemer, Buddy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from December 16, 1988, focuses on the business and labor factions in Louisiana. Roger Sockman first reports on the history of the battles between the two factions dating back to the passage of right to work in 1954. His report includes interviews with John “Red” Bourg of the Louisiana AFL-CIO and Dan Juneau, the president-elect of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). Ken Lormand then conducts an in-studio interview with Ed Steimel, the outgoing president of LABI, and Victor Bussie, the president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO. They discuss: their views on a statewide lottery and gambling; improving the business climate in Louisiana; workers’ compensation benefits; their working relationship; their major differences; Steimel’s upcoming retirement; and the year ahead. Throughout the interview, Lormand also presents interview clips with: Henry Matthews, a construction foreman; David Cohn of Cohn-Turner in Baton Rouge; former Governor Edwin Edwards; and Governor Buddy Roemer.