|U.S.-E.U.: WTO rules Boeing got $5B in illegal US subsidies|
by John Heilprin, Associated Press
March 12th, 2012
The World Trade Organization ruled that U.S. planemaker Boeing received $5.3 billion in illegal government subsidies over a quarter-century. Airbus and Boeing have both complained to the WTO that the other is receiving state aid. They are locked in a long-running trade dispute over a market believed to be worth more than $3 trillion over the next decade.
|CANADA: Canadian Rail Engineers Begin a Strike|
by Ian Austen, New York Times
November 28th, 2009
About 1,700 locomotive engineers with the Canadian National Railway went on strike early Saturday. The walkout followed a decision by Canadian National to impose a new contract on its workers, including a 500-mile increase in the distance engineers are required to cover each month. The union said that the increased distance would sometimes make engineers work seven-day weeks without overtime.
|US: American Airlines Hit
By $7.1 Million in Fines
by PAULO PRADA and ANDY PASZTOR, Wall Street Journal
August 15th, 2008
The Federal Aviation Administration, proposing one of its biggest penalties ever, said it plans to fine AMR Corp.'s American Airlines $7.1 million for allegedly violating employee drug- and alcohol-testing procedures and knowingly flying airplanes that broke maintenance regulations.
|US: Airlines fined $504m in US probe|
June 26th, 2008
Five airlines have agreed to pay fines totalling $504m (£253m) for conspiring to fix prices for air cargo rates, the US Justice Department says.
|US: Study says diesel emissions raise cancer risk|
by Elizabeth Fernandez, Chronicle Staff Writer, The San Francisco Chronicle
March 20th, 2008
The analysis by the California Air Resources Board, released Wednesday night, shows that the greatest health dangers related to toxic air emissions stems from diesel trucks traversing the freeways and other roadways around West Oakland and the Port of Oakland.
|US: Politics Forcing Detroit to Back New Fuel Rules|
by Micheline Maynard, The 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.
|EU: Ryanair hits back in 'green' row|
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".
|US: FedEx subpoenaed in US probe of cargo industry|
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 LeBlank, The 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.
|UK: Watchdog inquiry threat over rolling stock |
by David Teather, The 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.
|UK: Airlines Face Investigation for Price Fixing|
by Heather Timmons, The 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.
|US: Privately Funded Trips Add Up on Capitol Hill|
by Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, Washington 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.
|KATRINA: Trailer deals go to Fluor ally|
by James Varney, Times-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.
|JAPAN: An insider's dark view of Toyota|
by Matt Rusling, Christian Science Monitor
January 2nd, 2006
In 1996, Darius Mehri, a wide-eyed young American engineer, went to Japan to work for Toyota's production system. What he found was an abusive environment where the company controlled every movement - inside and outside work - of its employees.
|US: Airlines Use Unlicensed Contractors|
by Marilyn Adams, USA Today
December 20th, 2005
Major U.S. airlines are using unlicensed, lightly supervised contractors to perform safety-critical work such as replacing jet engines, a new report finds.
|INDIA: Japanese Investors Learn Indian Labour Laws the Hard Way|
by Ranjit Devraj, Inter Press Service
August 3rd, 2005
Japanese investors in India took a few hard lessons in India's tough labour laws when the automobile giant Honda Motors tamely resumed production at its plant outside the national capital this week, ending three months of labour disputes, including pitched battles between police and agitated workers.
|BRAZIL: Homegrown Fuel Supply Helps Drivers Breathe Easy|
by Marla Dickerson , L.A. Times
June 15th, 2005
Today about 40% of all the fuel that Brazilians pump into their vehicles is ethanol, known here as alcohol, compared with about 3% in the United States. No other nation is using ethanol on such a vast scale. The change wasn't easy or cheap. But 30 years later, Brazil is reaping the return on its investment in energy security while the U.S. writes checks for $50-a-barrel foreign oil.
|US: Bicoastal Blues For G.M. and Ford|
by Danny Hakim, The New York Times
April 23rd, 2005
Setting aside its home base in the Upper Midwest, Detroit has a blue state problem -- and it is about to get worse. Washington and Oregon plan to become the 9th and 10th states to adopt California's tough car emissions rules, forming an increasingly potent market for more fuel-efficient vehicles on the West Coast and in the Northeast.
|CANADA: Automakers Agree to Emissions Reductions
by Ian Austen, New York Times
April 5th, 2005
The Canadian government and nearly all the world's major automakers reached an agreement Tuesday under which the companies would voluntarily reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of their vehicles. The Canadian minister of natural resources suggested that the nation can be a model for the state of California.
|JAPAN: Former Mitsubishi Boss Arrested
June 10th, 2004
Japanese police have arrested a former head of Mitsubishi Motors and five other executives as part of a probe into the death of a truck driver.
|US: For Cruise Ships, A History of Pollution|
by Edwin McDowell, The New York Times
June 16th, 2002
On April 19 the Carnival Corporation pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Miami to criminal charges related to falsifying records of the oil-contaminated bilge water that six of its ships dumped into the sea from 1996 through 2001.
|US: General Motors Protests Proposed Fuel Standards|
February 25th, 2002
Fearing that increased fuel economy standards will doom the pickup trucks they produce, hundreds of General Motors Corp. workers chanted "Save our trucks, save our jobs," during a meeting Monday with union, company and political leaders.
|US: Bostonians Outraged at Corporate Subway Sponsorship Plan|
by Pamela Ferdinand, San Francisco Chronicle
February 26th, 2001
State transportation officials, looking for new revenue, are taking a cue from professional sports arenas and seeking corporate sponsors to purchase naming rights for subway stations here.
|Grave Danger Posed Under NAFTA by Unsafe Mexican Trucks|
February 6th, 2001
Although a trade panel is expected this week to order the United States to permit access to all U.S. roads by Mexican trucks, the U.S. should continue to limit access because of the grave dangers many Mexican trucks pose to motorists on U.S. highways, Public Citizen has concluded in a report released today.
|US: Ford/Firestone = Homicide?|
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, Focus on Corporations
September 12th, 2000
Matthew Hendricks is one of more than 150 deaths around the world linked to Firestone tread separations. The families and friends of those killed in these accidents want to know -- what did Ford and Firestone know about these tires and when did they know it?
|JAPAN: Police Raid Mitsubishi Motors|
August 28th, 2000
Japanese police investigators raided the offices of Mitsubishi Motors Corp on Sunday on suspicion of concealing customer complaints and recalls from government inspectors for decades, Kyodo news agency reported.
|GERMANY: DaimlerChrysler Facing SEC Investigation|
by David Mchugh, National Post (Canada)
Automaking giant DaimlerChrysler AG said Thursday that it was under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after a fired employee told labour officials he was dismissed for complaining that the company was using secret bank accounts to bribe government officials.