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November 30, 1990
After reading your editorial on affirmative action, I recalled a day back in 1977 when I, along with about 5,000 people, stood in line for more than seven hours to apply for 100 job openings at a Western Electric plant back home in Missouri. It was that time of the year when they had to hire 100 workers because the contracts they had with the federal government dictated they hire a certain number of minorities. After waiting in line for some hours, it was my turn at the door where they took the following information: name, phone number, age, race and sex. I'm not kidding, that was all that was asked.
The gubernatorial campaign squabble over appointing women and minorities to government jobs--and whether that constitutes a quota system--spills onto California's airwaves today when Republican Pete Wilson accuses Democrat Dianne Feinstein in a television commercial of planning to put "quotas over qualifications" if she is elected governor.
June 23, 1989 | ART PINE, Times Staff Writer
The United States got word Thursday that it must abandon its protective quotas on imports of foreign-grown sugar or make changes to bring them into line with international trading rules. The order came from the Geneva-based General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the 96-country compact that administers world trading rules. The GATT Council, the organization's top policy-making body, approved a lower-level finding that the quotas were illegal. Thursday's decision will not necessarily mean the end of the U.S. sugar quotas, which have been criticized as one of the most egregious examples of U.S. protectionism.
April 12, 1989 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
The rally was called by an organization with a French revolutionary name, the States General of Culture, and the several hundred French screenwriters, actors and directors gathered in the old Mogador Theater were in a rebellious mood. However, the main target of their wrath Monday night was not the Bourbon monarchy, but the American television industry. They were assembled in a last-minute appeal to the government to change its mind about a compromise decision it made in the European Commision last month to eliminate quotas on non-European--mainly American--programs on European television.
February 15, 1989
This letter is in response to George Will's column "The Court Reagan Built Does Much to Roll Back the Racial Spoils System" (Op-Ed Page, Jan. 29). It is surprising to note how much history a historian can forget. Will's essay ignores the central issue which led to reverse racial discrimination: A white male quota system, a white male spoils system, a white male discrimination system exists and has oppressed, tormented and killed American citizens for hundreds of years. This system is not legal, but cultural.
June 13, 1988 | DONALD WOUTAT, Times Staff Writer
OPEC ministers abruptly recessed their midyear meeting Sunday, so badly split that they were apparently resigned to leaving their flawed oil-quota system in place rather than trying to fix it. But some ministers clung to the hope that the day-old conference could be salvaged by returning Iraq to the cartel's quota agreement, a step that needs the blessing of Iraq's war foe, Iran.
June 12, 1988 | DONALD WOUTAT, Times Staff Writer
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, its credibility in tatters, convened another meeting Saturday and declared its top priority to be the return of Iraq to the cartel's quota system. Only then, said OPEC President Rilwanu Lukman of Nigeria, can other members be expected to respect their assigned quotas and other oil-exporting nations be counted on to follow through on pledges to cut production in support of OPEC.
March 25, 1986 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
Thanks to persistent rain that has held up harvesting in much of California's citrus belt, growers now can ship--without the usual quotas--as many fresh navel oranges as they wish. Normally, quotas are not lifted until 80% of a crop has moved to market. This year, however, the so-called pro-rate was removed with the harvest only 58% complete.
June 17, 1985 | JANE SEABERRY, The Washington Post
The novel import-quota idea for the shoe industry recommended last week by the International Trade Commission would cost American consumers between $50,000 and $80,000 per job saved for an industry in which the average wage is about $14,000, according to government and private economists.
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