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2010-12-22 18:49:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement issued by Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs: I congratulate the U.S. Senate on their ratification of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia. In approving the treaty today, the Senate has shown the necessary vision and leadership which will allow the United States and Russia -- which possess 95 percent of global stockpile of nuclear weapons -- to make progress in...

2010-12-22 16:03:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC applauded today's U.S. Senate ratification, by a vote of 71 to 26, of the New START treaty. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) "The New START treaty serves America's highest strategic interests," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. The treaty provides for resuming critical nuclear inspection programs that had been in place since the end of the Cold War, but ceased with the December 2009 expiration of...

2010-07-22 10:58:00

Statement by AIA President & CEO Marion C. Blakey joining President Obama in urging immediate action. ARLINGTON, Va., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AIA welcomes President Obama's remarks urging ratification of the U.S.-UK Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty in a press conference with the British Prime Minister David Cameron this week. As the president stated, this treaty "will be good for our workers and our troops in both our countries." The U.S.-UK and U.S.-Australia Defense...

2008-12-02 15:03:30

White-collar staff at Boeing Co. ratified a four-year contract with the U.S. aircraft maker, putting labor issues mostly to rest for the industry giant. Engineers in the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace voted 79 percent in favor of the contract, while technicians in the union voted 69 percent for ratification, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Tuesday. The contract includes an upgrade in retirement benefits and a pay raise that averages 20 percent over four...

2008-09-30 00:00:23

Hollywood's Screen Actors Guild Monday asked the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to resume contract negotiations. Alan Rosenberg, SAG's national president, and Doug Allen, the guild's national executive director and chief negotiator, posted on the organization's Web site a letter to AMPTP President J. Nicholas Counter III; Peter Chernin, president of Fox Group; and Robert Iger, president and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Co. "We believe it is clear that our...

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