Labor slams U.S. asbestos bill as company bailout


WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) - Organized labor on Tuesday denounced a Republican senator's proposal for curbing asbestos lawsuits, labeling it a "corporate bailout" at the expense of people injured by the heat-resistant mineral. AFL-CIO General Counsel Jon Hiatt charged that Utah Republican Orrin Hatch's $108 billion plan was a deep disappointment after weeks of negotiations between unions, business, insurers and lawmakers on the asbestos litigation crisis clogging U.S. courts. Hiatt ...

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