GATT taps Allied Irish chairmanThe General Agreement on...

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June 10, 1993

GATT taps Allied Irish chairman

The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade chose Ireland's Peter Sutherland as its new director-general yesterday after overcoming opposition from Latin America.

Mr. Sutherland, an Irish lawyer who is chairman of Allied Irish Banks, won wide respect as European Community competition commissioner from 1985 to 1989. He is a strong advocate of the free market principles that GATT promotes.

Appeals court upholds Mash ruling

A federal appeals court in Richmond has upheld a ruling ordering a company controlled by Nathan Mash, the founder and former owner of Mash's Inc., to pay at least $1.5 million to about 150 workers who lost their jobs when he sold the Landover-based ham maker in 1987.

The court ruled June 1 that Mr. Mash and his new company, Zady Natey Inc., must pay workers what they would have earned between July 17, 1987 -- the day workers were laid off -- and Dec. 31, 1987 -- the day the union contract expired.

Guild OKs Baltimore Sun contract

Members of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild approved a new three-year contract last night with The Baltimore Sun, more than a week before the current pact was due to expire -- and less than an hour before a company deadline to receive a early ratification bonus of one week's pay.

The agreement, ratified by 6-1 margin, provides for wage increases averaging just under 3 percent in each year; maintains medical benefits at the existing level of company contribution; and, for the first time, makes it possible for full-time Guild members to obtain long-term disability insurance through payroll deduction if 75 percent of eligible union employees choose to participate. It also allows the company, for the first time, to hire a limited number of advertising sales agents on a commission-only basis, hire newsroom interns for two-year terms, and move a portion of its data center operations to a sister newspaper in the Times Mirror chain.

Representing about 700 newsroom, clerical, advertising, circulation and building department workers, the Guild is the largest of six unions at the newspaper.

Sun names new business editor

The Baltimore Sun announced yesterday that Gerald Merrell would join the newspaper later in the summer as business editor.

Mr. Merrell is an assistant managing editor of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., overseeing several news departments, and previously was business editor of the paper for six years. He will succeed Philip Moeller, business editor since 1982 and, since last year, also in charge of electronic news and library operations. Mr. Moeller is leaving The Baltimore Sun in July and moving to Connecticut.

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