Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

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Ford Won't Accept Non-union Seats

Workers striking two Johnson Controls Inc. seat assembly plants Tuesday scored a major victory when Ford Motor Co. said it would refuse to accept non-union-made seats until the dispute is resolved.

"We had a huge, huge victory here today," Bob King, director of United Auto Worker Region 1A, told a boisterous crowd of strikers and supporters outside the plant in Plymouth, Mich. More than 300 workers at the plant walked off the job at 6 a.m. Tuesday after talks on a contract broke down. The Plymouth plant provides final assembly for seats that go into Ford's hot-selling Expedition full-size sport utility vehicle. Reuters Honda Verdict Tossed After Racial Remarks A $1.5 million verdict against American Honda Motor Co. was thrown out Tuesday by New Hampshire's Supreme Court because of anti-Japanese remarks by an opposing lawyer. Honda and the operator of one of its all-terrain vehicles had been ordered to pay a total of $2.1 million for injuries suffered by Thomas LeBlanc when his snowmobile collided with a Honda Odyssey in 1988. During closing arguments, LeBlanc's lawyer, Vincent C. Martina, said the case was not about "Pearl Harbor or the Japanese prime minister saying Americans are lazy and stupid." Honda argued that Martina improperly tried to appeal to jurors' racial bias and national pride. Associated Press United HealthCare Appoints New Chief United HealthCare of the MidWest has appointed a new chief operating officer to replace Richard Grisham, who left the job in December after less than six months. …

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