Tuesday, March 4, 2003
The accord was ratified in a large turnout by a majority of those voting and its terms reflected the sharp downturn in the turbo prop and business jet market worldwide.
“In light of the current economic condition of the company, the membership made the right decision,” said Steve Rooney, District 70 President and Directing Business Representative. “The work will remain here and the plant will remain open.
“I hope that Bombardier will remember what happened here today and the sacrifices our membership made when they were asked and accepted these changes,” said Rooney.
The changes to the current agreement will become effective March 4, 2003 and extend to October 2, 2006.
Bush Blames GOP for
Bush initially praised the GOP-passed budget, but reversed course when it came under close scrutiny. His shift angered congressional Republicans who worked closed with the White House to limit the amount of money budgeted for homeland security. Homeland security needs to include funds for firefighters, emergency medical personnel, customs agents and many others needed to confront the nation’s security needs.
Social Security: Set
the Record Straight
Concern was greatest among those under the age of 35 and those who earn less than $50,000 a year.
“Social Security currently provides guaranteed retirement income to more than 43 million Americans,” points out George J. Kourpias, who heads the Alliance for Retired Americans. “Social Security is a fiscally sound and efficiently managed retirement income system backed by the full weight of the U.S. government.”
Bush Approval Numbers
With an overall job approval rating at 54 percent, the latest poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found 48 percent disapprove of the president’s economic policy. More than half of those polled, 56 percent, said they were very concerned they would not have enough money for their retirement. The figure is up from 42 percent in May 1997.
Seniors’ Boycott Targets Glaxo
The Glaxo products on the boycott list include the antacid Tums, Aquafresh toothpaste, Contac cold remedy and dozens of other products. Many affiliates of the Alliance for Retired Americans took up the fight. The 15,000-member Minnesota Senior Federation, an Alliance affiliate, is spearheading several actions against Glaxo.
Other affiliates held rallies protesting Glaxo’s actions. “If Glaxo can afford to sell the drugs in Canada at that price, why should they object when Canada sells them back here?” asked Phil Member, president of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council.
Despite Deaths, Bush
Waters Down Rules
After seven people died and dozens more were hospitalized from a Listeria outbreak last year, the Agriculture Department devised a plan to protect the public from further outbreaks. It would have put federal inspectors inside the plants that produce ready-to-eat meat products, such as bologna and other deli meats.
Meat industry lobbyists objected and took their complaints directly to the White House. After a White House review, the USDA issued much weaker rules. Industry lobbyists were ecstatic with their success. They crowed that USDA staffers “bought into much of the industry proposal” and said the new rules were the result of “industry efforts at the White House level,” according to Time Magazine.