Attempt To Unionize Wal-Mart Store Fails
The first attempt by a union to organize a Wal-Mart store in
the United States failed when employees of the Wal-Mart in Merrill,
Wis., voted 54-27 against representation by the United Steelworkers.
Union officials said they would keep trying. The vote Friday
was "a very sad day for all retail workers across America," said
Peggy Boehm, a pro-union employee. But another employee, Danette
Woodward, said, "The message it sends is we don't need a union in
Only in Windsor, Ontario, does a Wal-Mart store have a union.
The retail giant, based in Bentonville, Ark., otherwise portrays
itself as one big, happy family made up of blue-aproned workers
The union said it had filed complaints with the National Labor
Relations Board of unfair activities to influence workers' votes.
Wal-Mart denied the activities and said it anticipated more union
efforts because of Wal-Mart's large number of employees - 670,000
in the United States. Wal-Mart has 2,308 stores and 439 Sam's Club
Symington's Fate Now In Hands Of Jury
A federal jury in Phoenix began to deliberate fraud charges
Saturday against Arizona Gov. Fife Symington, portrayed by a
prosecutor as a con man who tricked bankers into lending him
millions of dollars by misrepr esenting his financial condition.
If convicted on any one of the 21 charges against him,
Symington, a two-term Republican, would automatically be removed
from office and could face prison.
Symington's lawyers maintained that bankers relied on
Symington's reputation and experience, not his financial
statements, when lending him money.
Prosecutor David Schindler said lenders were impressed by
Symington's heritage - a blue-blood upbringing as the
great-grandson of a founder of U.S. Steel, educated at the best
prep schools and Harvard - and his financial statements reporting
robust wealth. Symington, 51, is a distant cousin of the late Sen.
Stuart Symington of Missouri.
Agents Unsure Human Error Caused Crash
Investigators into the crash of a Korean Air jetliner in Agana,
Guam, early Wednesday do not have enough evidence to conclude that
human error was to blame, federal agents said Saturday. The crash
killed 225 people.
Experts still are trying to determine, for example, whether
driving rain the night of the crash blinded the pilot. The plane
crashed on a wooded hillside.
Rebels Will Lose, Prime Minister Says
Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said in a visit to Paris
Saturday that he was determined to defeat Muslim guerrillas and
promised fair local elections in October.
Ouyahia said government forces, backed by ever-increasing
numbers of Algerians opposed to Muslim militants, had the upper
hand against the guerrillas, who have been fighting the government
"Terrorism, which has suffered a defeat at the hands of the
nationalist forces, was the result of a wide-ranging conspiracy
against the nation," he said in an address to the French National
In the latest violence, suspected Muslim guerrillas killed 14
people by decapitating them or cutting their throats in four
attacks across the cou ntry this week.
About 60,000 people have been killed in the North African
country since early 1992, when the authorities canceled a general
election in which the fundamentalist Islamic Salvation Front had
taken a huge lead.
Winners of October's elections will take over local government
offices that have been occupied by appointees since elected
officials were fired for backing the guerrillas. CAMBODIA Sihanouk
Lashes Out At New First Premier
King Norodom Sihanouk accused Cambodia's new first premier
Saturday of being a puppet and said he would refuse to participate
in what he called the country's political comedy.
He said he was powerless to intervene and still regarded his
ousted son, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, not former Foreign Minister
Ung Huot, as a legitimate prime minister,
"I presently suffer morally a great deal, as much as the
innocent people of our country," the king said. …