Robert Siegel speaks with United Auto Workers president Bob King about the contract ratified by Ford workers Tuesday night — and the future of the auto business in the U.S. King says although he's used to seeing higher margins of support from the rank and file, he's satisfied that 62 percent of the Ford workers who voted approved of the contract.
The Justice Department has recovered more than $1 billion in fines using an anti-bribery law called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. But now business groups are calling on Congress to overhaul it and rein in prosecutors. They say the law is producing a lot of confusion and big legal bills.
America has always come back from hard times. Is this time different? NPR will soon explore the country to hear from people about their experiences in this economy. Help us plan our trip. Tell us what stories you want to hear and where you think we ought to go.
Flights were grounded, and state offices and shops were shuttered on the first day of a massive 48-hour general strike as lawmakers debated fresh austerity measures. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Athens, and some hurled chunks of marble and gasoline bombs. Riot police responded with tear gas and stun grenades.
A two-day national strike of both private and public workers has begun in Greece. The strike, in protest of the government's austerity measures, is expected to practically close down the country — with no flights, ferries, buses or rail service.
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