The Indianapolis News from Indianapolis, Indiana on October 9, 1992 · 50
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Friday, October 9, 1992
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QQSD D-14 THE INDIANAPOLIS NEWS' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1992 Pact relieves wo s 1 Lj v. ""J r , t. USAir rker . r---vr-7ifi DOW NYSE AMEX S&P 500 Striking machinists didn't like standing in unemployment lines By CHRIS O'MAILEY The Indianapolis News Machinists striking USAir were in a union hall cooling their heels and signing up for unemployment benefits when news of a settlement was announced Thursday. When the applause diminished, a few kept signing up for unemployment just in case. "These guys haven't been on strike ever (at USAir). It's kind of scary. The economy's bad," said Gerald Sandoval, an aircraft mechanic and member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2294. When they realized that a settlement had been reached, machinists were thrilled that the strike, which had started Monday, was over. The strike had canceled 20 of 50 daily jet flights at Indianapolis International Airport. "We did a good job. The company was trying to stuff a bad contract down our throats," said Rich Legars, a 27-year USAir employee. "Everybody was willing to go through it, to put it on the line. They were willing to take the com pany on. The nationwide strike by 8,300 machinists cut USAir's flights to 60 percent of normal. Striking machinists could be back to work on Sunday. USAir will resume its normal flight schedule Monday if machinists approve the new contract, said airline spokeswoman Nancy Vaughan. "That's wonderful. I'm glad, really glad," said USAir passenger Betty Klutts, who on Thursday was waiting to board a 12:40 p.m. flight to Los Angeles that was supposed to have taken off from In dianapolis at 8:40 a.m. "I haven't been inconvenienced that much, but some people have . . . It's a bad time right now for anyone to be on strike." Machinist Francis Balzer agreed that striking was "a big risk" but "I think a necessary one. ... It looked like this could take a few weeks to get their (USAir's) attention." Indeed, machinists who picketed in a remote and blustery corner of the airport were prepared for a See O USAKt D-15 Demand for trucks gladdens industry DETROIT U.S. automakers, responding to the growing popularity and brisk sales of minivans and pickups, will build 19.5 percent more trucks in the final quarter of the year than they did in late 1991. " JThe number of U.S.-built cars, however, will be only up only slightly during the quarter from the depressed levels of a year ago, the automakers say. "The automakers are trying to . meet the demand that's out there right now, and that demand is for the trucks and not the cars," Jay Leopold, an auto industry analyst for Legg Mason Wood Walker in Baltimore, said Thursday. Fisher Price recalls seats Washington Fisher Price is recalling about 900,000 child safety seats because of defects that can make them difficult to buckle or allow the shoulder belts to move out of proper position, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday. About 424,000 model 9100 and 9101 seats made between February and October 1989 have plastic on the buckle shield that can break after repeated use, making the buckle difficult to fasten, the traffic safety agency -said in a statement. Fisher Price will replace the shields free of cost to the owners. Fisher Price's toll-free number between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST is 850-332-3457 for models 9100 and 9101. and 800-432-5437 for model 9104. From the Wire Services . .!; v . r r m -. ';?' ' " f ..i 1 A - -4 f i. ! i- w-V; jT h- rl W5 The Associated Press Rudy Bartolomei of Adco Litho Line in Broadview, III., displays buttons made by the company. Perot candidacy boosts slumping button business The Associated Press CHICAGO Some Americans might scoff at Ross Perot's late entry into the presidential race, but a group of Chicago-area manufacturers couldn't be happier. They make buttons. And thanks to Perot's decision, they'll be making hundreds of thousands more. One of the oldest staples of the political campaign, candidate buttons are not showing their usual 12 percent increase in sales for a presidential election year. But American Badge Co. of suburban Orland Park received an order for 600,000 Perot buttons, and rival Adco Litho Line in Broadview was working on a 500,000-lot order. "Now that he's back in, we're seeing a spurt in demand," American Badge President Ken Buck said. "It's not exactly a boom this year, but it's keeping us even." Buck said Thursday that the Texas businessman's order brought the firm's sales total only up to that of a regular year. He blamed the weak economy for slack demand for all specialty advertising products, which include buttons, badges, ribbons, stickers and magnets. Campaign buttons in particular are finding less favor because candidates are directing more of their funds to television ads. Buck and others agreed. "It's just antiquated now," said Dominic DiFrisco of Burson-Mar-steller. a public relations firm active in politics. He said buttons "went along with torchlight parades, handshaking and baby-kissing." He said, though, that buttons lend themselves to "a real grassroots kind of politicking." Cate Brennan, spokeswoman for the Specialty Advertising Association International in Irving, Texas, agreed. "In the local races, it's a medium that can be targeted just to that precinct or just to that county," she said. "We do buttons for the dog-catcher and the local sheriff. We do a lot of local stuff," said Joseph Canepari of Greenwood Enterprises in the Chicago suburb of Evergreen Park. Buttons touting U.S. Senate candidate Carol Moseley Braun are a common sight in the Chicago area. Chicago is known as the button capital of the world. Brennan said Chicago is the center of the button, badge and bumper sticker industry, with four of the nation's five biggest manufacturers. Sales of such products were about $328 million last year, she said. H i

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