WASHINGTON (May 28)—The Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Tire Industry Association are among many industry groups supporting a bill by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, which would establish a $108 billion national trust fund to compensate workers exposed to asbestos. "Those who are really sick would get the funds they need, as opposed to those involved in frivolous litigation," said Becky MacDicken, TIA director of government affairs. The AFL-CIO, however, said the Hatch bill won't provide nearly enough money to settle all claims from the truly sick. Hatch has scheduled a June 3 hearing on the bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chairs.
RMA, TIA support asbestos bill
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