British Airways strike loomsA strike by 17,000 cabin and...

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June 04, 1993

British Airways strike looms

A strike by 17,000 cabin and ground staff of British Airways was expected to go ahead as planned at midnight London time yesterday, despite union leaders agreeing to put a fresh proposal from the management to workers' representatives, sources close to the talks said.

Univax seeks OK for product

Univax Biologics Inc. of Rockville said yesterday that it asked the federal government for permission to market a new treatment for a blood disorder that affects about 11 percent of AIDS patients.

Univax is seeking Food and Drug Administration approval of WinRho SD as a treatment for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, or ITP, a blood disorder that leads to an unusually low platelet count, which in turn leads to easy bruising and can make it difficult to stop bleeding.

GBC hires executive search firm

The Greater Baltimore Committee has hired the executive search firm of Heidrick and Struggles Inc., based in Chicago, to look for a new president of the Baltimore-area business group, according to GBC Chairman Decatur H. Miller.

Mr. Miller said the GBC hopes to name a new president by September. Robert Keller, the former president, left the GBC last month to become president of the Detroit Renaissance Inc., an economic development group in that city.

BG&E settles suit with supplier

The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has settled a suit it had filed against a West Coast electric equipment maker for allegedly providing BG&E with defective radio-controlled switches used on central air conditioning equipment.

The terms of the settlement with Pacific Scientific Co. of Newport Beach, Calif., were not disclosed. Pacific Scientific said discussions involve "purchase of a new product and the exchange of the previously delivered units." The company said its warranty reserves are adequate to cover the settlement.

EEOC finds bias at Martin unit

A federal agency has found that Martin Marietta Astronautics Group repeatedly violated federal law in targeting older workers for layoffs.

The company "engaged in a pattern and practice of discriminatory layoff decisions . . . specifically intended to target members of the Protected Age Group for layoff," between Jan. 1, 1990, and Oct. 1, 1992, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said. The protected age group refers to all workers aged 40 or older. Martin Marietta officials said they are still examining the findings, but said the determination may be flawed.

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