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US: 73,000 U.A.W. Members Go on Strike Against G.M.
by Michelle MaynardNew York Times
September 25th, 2007
The United Automobile Workers union wielded its most potent weapon against General Motors yesterday, sending 73,000 workers to picket lines in its first national strike at G.M. since 1970.

US: Politics Forcing Detroit to Back New Fuel Rules
by Micheline MaynardThe New York Times
June 19th, 2007
This week, with a vote possible in the Senate on an energy plan, car companies retreated from their longstanding argument that any legislation to increase fuel economy standards would rob them of profits, force them to lay off workers and deprive consumers of the vehicles they wanted to buy. They are now lobbying for a modest increase in mileage standards, a position already adopted by Toyota, in the hopes of silencing calls for even tougher targets.

UK: UK class action starts over toxic waste dumped in Africa
by John VidalGuardian (UK)
January 8th, 2007
Lawyers will today begin preparing the ground for one of the largest class actions heard in the UK over 400 tonnes of allegedly highly toxic waste dumped in the Ivory Coast from a cargo ship chartered by a London-based company.

EU: Ryanair hits back in 'green' row
BBC
January 5th, 2007
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has hit back at criticism from the climate change minister, saying his airline was "the greenest in Europe".

IVORY COAST: Ivory Coast Nabs 2 Execs in Dump Scandal
Associated Press
September 18th, 2006
Authorities arrested and charged two executives of a Dutch commodities company whose dumped toxic waste has caused seven deaths and widespread sickness in the Ivory Coast's largest city, a government official said Monday.

US: FedEx subpoenaed in US probe of cargo industry
Reuters
July 14th, 2006
FedEx Corp. (FDX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Friday that it has received a grand jury subpoena as part of a probe by the U.S. government into possible criminal violations of antitrust laws in the air cargo transportation industry.

US: Big Dig problems may date back to 1999
by Steve LeBlankThe Associated Press
July 13th, 2006
Contractors knew as early as 1999 that there were problems with some of the bolts attaching massive concrete panels to the ceiling of the Big Dig highway tunnel where a woman was crushed by 12 tons of falling concrete, Massachusetts' attorney general said.

US: Ford Plans Shift in Focus Away From Hybrids
by Micheline MaynardThe New York Times
June 30th, 2006
Detroit auto companies, which have lagged far behind their Japanese rivals in developing and selling hybrid vehicles, are taking a new direction in a bid to emerge as leaders in their own right on environmental issues.

UK: Watchdog inquiry threat over rolling stock
by David TeatherThe Guardian (UK)
June 28th, 2006
The companies supplying the trains and carriages that run on Britain's railways are facing the threat of a competition inquiry today amid allegations they are ripping off passengers by charging the rail-operating firms too much.

US: More Turbulence as BA Faces US Lawsuit Over Price-fixing Claims
by Richard WrayThe Guardian (UK)
June 26th, 2006
The turbulence surrounding British Airways, and allegations of its involvement in an alleged price-fixing cartel, strengthened over the weekend with news that a potentially expensive class action law suit has been filed in the US.

UK: Airlines Face Investigation for Price Fixing
by Heather TimmonsThe New York Times
June 22nd, 2006
British and American regulators are investigating major airlines that operate long-distance flights to and from Britain, suspecting that they may have illegally conspired to fix the amounts of fuel surcharges they impose on passengers.

AUSTRALIA: Virgin Blue discrimination case flies again
The Age
June 8th, 2006
Virgin Blue has launched an appeal against a ruling that it discriminated against eight former Ansett flight attendants because they were not young and attractive enough.

US: Privately Funded Trips Add Up on Capitol Hill
by Jeffrey H. BirnbaumWashington Post
June 6th, 2006
Over 5 1/2 years, Republican and Democratic lawmakers accepted nearly $50 million in trips, often to resorts and exclusive locales, from corporations and groups seeking legislative favors, according to the most comprehensive study to date on the subject of congressional travel.

CANADA: CN Rail Charged Over 2005 Lake Wabamun Spill
CBC News
June 5th, 2006
Canadian National Railway faces one charge under Alberta's environmental protection act in connection with a train derailment at Lake Wabamun last summer.

KATRINA: Trailer deals go to Fluor ally
by James VarneyTimes-Picayune
May 9th, 2006
Through a partnership with a smaller, minority-owned company, a sprawling multinational firm whose federal contract for travel trailers was up for rebidding has landed four new deals that could be worth $400 million, federal records show.

US: Union says Wal-Mart opposed better US port security
by Peter SzekelyReuters
April 5th, 2006
The largest U.S. labor federation accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday of using its lobbying muscle to oppose port safety measures because they would reduce profits.

US: Ford owners not told of ways to reduce fuel-tank fire risk
by James Polk and Susan CandiottiCNN
January 23rd, 2006
The parents of three sisters burned to death in a rear-end crash are asking Ford Motor Co. to install the same gas tank protective devices in regular models as it did for its police cars.

KATRINA: Government overpaid $32 million for Katrina evacuation contract
by Leslie MillerBoston Globe
January 20th, 2006
A bill for busing evacuees from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was $32 million more than it should have been, and the government paid it without question, the Transportation Department inspector general said Friday.

KATRINA: DOT Audit Probes Katrina Evacuation Fiasco
by Tim SharrockReconstruction Watch
January 19th, 2006
The fed is looking into contracts for evacuation of New Orleans awarded to the FAA and a transportation company with ties to Bush. Did the agency and the company do anything at all post-Katrina?

US: Labor Objects to Executive Bonuses at American
Associated Press
January 9th, 2006
"It is absolute insanity to pay out seven-figure bonuses at a time when the company is suffering nine-figure losses, mired in eleven-figure debt, and seeking further help from its employees to survive for the long term."