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Clinton visits Ireland to boost peace momentum

Los Angeles Times
BELFAST, Northern

Ireland -

Troops are gone from city streets, and
police who once wore bulletproof
vests to track terrorists now clock
speeders with radar guns. New busi-
nesses are opening, and tourism is
This divided city is recovering from
decades of ethnic strife, and President
Clinton will add his own morale boost
this week with an overnight stop at a

downtown site that defiantly calls it-
self "the most bombed hotel in Eu-
On the eve of the presidential visit,
though, the fragile 15-month cease-fire
by Roman Catholic and Protestant para-
military groups underlying the North-
ern Ireland renaissance is in danger.
Repeated attempts by the British and
Irish governments have failed to extend
the cease-fire into an ongoing search
for peace.

"Clinton will help prospects forpeace.
His welcome will come from across the
community. Both sides have strong links
to America, and people feel they are
emerging from a long, dark period in
history," City Councilor Reginald
Empey said at City Hall, where Clinton
will light Belfast's official Christmas
Tree, a gift from Tennessee.
Militants from both sides -republi-
can Catholic and unionist Protestant-
have halted 25 years of violence with

separate cease-fires. Now, security
checkpoints and British army patrols,
like the fear of bombs in shops and
pubs, are memories among people who
tell pollsters they overwhelmingly wel-
come peace.
"This is becoming a normal city
again," said Maria McCann, a Belfast
businesswoman. "We go out at night,
worry about speed limits and licenses,
do things we wouldn't dream were pos-
sible for many long years."

Court rules to protect union recruiters
WASH INGTON - In a decision expected to bolster labor-organizing efforts,
the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that paid union recruiters are protected from
firing or other job discrimination by anti-union employers.
The 9-0 decision boosts a recent recruiting tactic known as "salting," in which
organizers and members on union payrolls are sprinkled into non-union work
shops. The practice is most often used in the construction trades, where the
percentage of union workers has fallen sharply in the past 20 years.
Until yesterday, federal courts had been split over whether organizers were
entitled to the protections of the National Labor Relations Act. The 1935 law
protects employees from discrimination based on their union activities, but a
federal appeals court in St. Louis last year said paid organizers are not true
employees because their first loyalty remains with the union.
Disagreeing, the high court said the law is broadly worded to cover all
employees without exception.
"A person can be a servant to two masters," Justice Stephen Breyer said from
the bench in explaining the decision.
Labor union and Clinton administration officials hailed the court ruling.
Construction industry officials reacted angrily and suggested they would seek
a change in the law from the Republican-controlled Congress.

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Ford to phase in side
air bags in its cars
DEARBORN - Ford Motor Co. will
begin equipping its cars and trucks with
anew type ofairbag designed to cushion
the heads and bodies ofdrivers and front-
seat passengers in side-impact crashes.
The safety devices will begin appear-
ing in Ford vehicles in about two years
and eventually will be phased in to all
its product lines, Vice President Neil
Ressler said yesterday.
The rectangular bags are deployed
from the side of the seat and extend
from the lower torso to head level.
Ford is the first of the Big Three
automakers to announce plans for side
air bags in its vehicles. General Motors
corp.'s Delphi interior& Lighting Sys-
tems division has developed a side air
bag system for use in a 1997 model
vehicle, but has not said for which
automaker. Chrysler is studying side
air bags as an option, but has not an-
nounced any plans.
Ford is the first to say it will use a
combination bag protecting both head
and torso.
Ressler said head injuries from side-

impact crashes account for more than
15,000 serious or fatal injuries yearly.
National Highway Traffic Safety-Ad-
ministration rules require all new cars
be equipped with frontal-impact driver
and passenger air bags starting with
1998 models. Light trucks and Vans
will have to have them in 1999. There is
no requirement forside-impact air bags.
House bill would
liit lobbying
WASHINGTON - Thousands o
Washington lobbyists would be forced
to register and identify their clients un-
dera bill overhauling lobbying laws for
the first time in nearly half a century.
The House resumed work on the bill
yesterday, voting to kill several pro-
posed amendments - including one
banning use of taxpayer funds by the
executive branch to lobby Congress.
Supporters hoped to complete action
on the bill as early as today.
Rep. Charles Canady(R-Fla.)pleaded
with colleagues to defeat any attempts
to change the Senate-passed bill, argu-
ing amendments would only cause de-
lays and provide chances to squelch it.



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domestic turmoil
PARIS- Prime MinisterAlain Juppe
struggled yesterday to salvage his plan
to overhaul France's welfare system
amid signs that escalating transit strikes
are inflicting serious damage on the
world's fourth-largest economy.
Forthe fifth day in a row, the country's
public transport network was paralyzed
as bus, train and subway service was
canceled by striking rail unions. Work
in many other sectors was disrupted as
employees were stranded at home or
stuck in long trafficjams. Mail delivery
slowed, and many schools closed.
The government, faced with France's
worst labor unrest in nearly a decade,
says it cannot afford to back down be-
cause one of Europe's most generous
social security systems would be driven
to bankruptcy. Juppe's plan is intended
to limit public deficits within two years
so France can satisfy the low-debt, low-
inflation criteria established by the Eu-
ropean Union.
Since Juppe unveiled his package of
reforms two weeks ago, angry rum-

blings in the streets have grown louder.
Besides the chaos in public transport,
France's 5 mjllion civil servants have
struck twice to protest sacrifices inTheir
Egyptian election
season rocky so far
CAIRO, Egypt - President Hosni
Mubarak's government would like
today's vote for the National Assembly
to go down as a step toward Egypt's
democratization, which is a little shaky
but still a step forward in a part of the
Arab world where disagreements are
seldom decided by voters.
More than 600 arrests were rpade
during the campaign - mostly of Is-
lamists, who seek to replace Egypt's
secular government with an Islamic
About 150 Muslim Brotherhood
members and sympathizers have filed
as candidates for the 455-member par-
liament, a change from their past elec-
tion role on the sideline.
Including independents, more than
4,000 people are seeking seats in" the
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