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October 03, 2004

Manager-worker pay disparity widens


There have been ample reports in recent years of the huge gap between salaries of highly paid CEOs and the rest of us lower in the corporate hierarchy.

But there's evidence of a broader, less-prominent gap: the pay disparities between managers and hourly workers. In a survey of how satisfied people are with their income, 60 percent of managers were OK with it, compared with only 44 percent of nonmanagers.

In the previous such survey, covering 1997 to 2000, the gap was 11 points.

The survey, begun in 1972, tracks employee attitudes about pay, job security, and other employment issues at 346 companies.

Lunar landing tops Internet wish list


Old enough to recall the days before the Internet took over everything? What if we'd had it for the past century, and you could have tracked major historical event? Which would have been atop your list?

Sixty-five percent of the 1,200 Internet users asked that question said they wished the first lunar landing had been broadcast online. More than half, 54 percent, also cited President Kennedy's assassination, and 52 percent said the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Company recalls director's chairs


Delta Enterprise Corp. is recalling about 81,000 director's chairs for children.

The chair can inadvertently be misassembled so that the fabric seat can come off the chair's frame and expose metal support rods. If the fabric seat comes off the frame, there is a laceration and fall hazard to young children.

The product is a child's director-style chair, constructed of tubular metal with a canvas seat and back. The chairs feature popular characters such as "The Wiggles," "Dora the Explorer," "Spongebob Squarepants" and "Disney Princesses." The model numbers for these recalled units are TC83536WG, TC83531DO, TC83533PS and TC83532SB. The model number can be found on a label on the leg of the chair.

Consumers may call Delta Enterprises at 877-660-3777 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the company's Web site at www.deltaenterprise.com/recall.html.

IKEA recalls 25,000 wall cabinets


IKEA Home Furnishings is recalling about 25,000 BERTBY glass-door wall cabinets.

Some of these glass-door wall cabinets have the wrong sized screws for the safety bracket, which might result in the cabinet not being properly secured to the wall. The cabinets might fall and injure nearby consumers.

The glass-door wall cabinets have "BERTBY," the product article number (380.472.10) and supplier number (14709) written on a label on the underside of the bottom panel or on the top side of the top panel. The cabinets are about 67 inches high.

Consumers may call IKEA at 888-966-4532 anytime or visit the company's Web site at www.ikea-usa.com. Consumers also may visit their local IKEA store to pick up the replacement screws and repair instructions.

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