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Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 3A
After brief strike,
UAW reaches deal
The United Auto Workers union
reached a tentative four-year con-
after going out on strike and the
same day General Motors workers
ratified a separate four-year pact.
Next up: Ford.
UAW President Ron Gettelfin-
ger said the strike against Chrysler
LLC would end immediately and
workers should report for their
next available shift.
"This agreement was made pos-
sible because UAW workers made it
clear to Chrysler that we needed an
agreement that rewards the contri-
butions they have made to the suc-
cess of this company," Gettelfinger
said in a statement.
Gettelfinger wouldn't release
any details of the contract, but
Chrysler said the tentative agree-
ment includes the establishment
of a UAW-managed trust that will
administer retiree health care. The
newly private company didn't say
how much money it will contribute
to the trust.
UAW, GM reach
The United Auto Workers union
said yesterday it has ratified a his-
toric four-year contract with Gen-
eral Motors Corp.
Sixty-six percent of production
workers voted in favor of the deal,
while 64 percent of skilled trades
workers approved it, the UAW said
in a statement. The union typically
does not release vote totals.
The deal, reached Sept. 26 after
a two-day nationwide strike, estab-
lishes lower pay for some work-
ers and puts GM's massive retiree
health care debt into a UAW-run
trust in exchange for promises of
future work at U.S. plants.
The pactcoversmore than74,000
active workers and about 340,000
retirees and surviving spouses. The
deal will expire on Sept. 14, 2011,
the union said.
Under the contract, GM would
put its retiree health care obliga-
tions into a trust to be managed by
the UAW. The trust is known as a
voluntary employees beneficiary
association, or VEBA.
State Dept. may stop
using security firms
The State Department may phase
out or limit the use of private secu-
rity guards in Iraq, which could
mean canceling Blackwater USA's
contract or awarding it to another
company in line with an Iraqi gov-
ernment demand, The Associated
Press has learned.
'Such steps would be difficult
given U.S. reliance on Blackwater
and other contractors, but they are
amongoptions beingstudied during
a comprehensive review of security
in Iraq, two senior officials said.
The review was ordered after a
Sept. 16 incident in which Blackwa-
ter guards protecting a U.S. Embas-
sy convoy in Baghdad are accused
of killing 17 Iraqi civilians.
Former Iran official
comes out against
Iran's former chief nuclear nego-
tiator delivered an unusually sharp
rebuke to President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad's policies yester-
day, saying they are turning more
nations against Iran and failing to
fix the struggling economy.
The comments by Hasan Row-
hani were the harshest yet against
the hard-line president by a promi-
nent figure in the Iranian leader-
ship, and came after critics had
grown muted in recent month as
the government stirred up fears of
conflict with the U.S. and warned
- Compiled from
Oaily mire reports
Number of American service mem-
bers who have died in the War in
Iraq, according to The Associated
Press. The following service mem-
ber was identified by the Depart-
ment of Defense yesterday:
Cpl. Gilberto A. Meza, 21, of
Student opens fire
in Cleveland school
injures five before
CLEVELAND (AP) - A 14-
year-old suspended student
opened fire in a downtown high
school yesterday before killing
himself, and five people were
taken to hospitals, authorities
After the shooting, shaken
teens called their parents on cell
phones, most to reassure but in
at least one case with terrifying
news: "Mom, I got shot."
Mayor Frarik Jackson said the
three teens and two adults were
hurt. He said the children were in
"stable, good condition," and the
adults were in "a little elevated
The shooter was enrolled at
the SuccessTech Academy alter-
native school but had been sus-
pended Monday for fighting, said
Charles Blackwell, president of
Blackwell said the shooter
entered the high school, a con-
verted five-story office building,
and gradually worked his way
up through the first two floors of
administrative offices to the third
floor of classrooms.
"Nobody knows how he got
in," he said.
Student Doneisha LeVert, who
hid in a closet with two other
students after she heard a "Code
Blue" alert over the loudspeaker,
said the shooter had threatened
"He's crazy. He threatened to
blow up our school. He threat-
ened to stab everybody," she said.
Ronnell Jackson, 15, said he
saw a shooter running down a
"He was about to shoot me, but
I got out just in time," he said.
"He was aiming at me I got out
just in time."
LeVert said she heard about 10
"I heard gunshots but I just
thought someone was banging a
book on the desk," said Rasheem
Smith, 15. He soon realized
there was a shooting and told
his classmates to flee down the
Tammy Mundy, 38, who has a
son and daughter at the school,
told The Plain Dealer that her
daughter called when the shoot-
"She said, 'Mom they're shoot-
ing in here, kids are running out,
I'm hiding in the closet,"' Mundy
told the newspaper.
Then she called her 18-year-
old son, Darnell Rodgers, on his
cell phone, and he told her he had
been shot in the arm.
"He said, 'Mom, I got shot,"'
Mundy told the newspaper.
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