Friday, October 24, 2014

Today's Teamster News 10.24.14

Teamster News
Teamsters Continue Get-Out-The-Vote Effort in Chicago  teamster.org   ...Brewers and bottlers at Lagunitas Brewery Company, members of Teamsters Local 727 in Chicago, today confirmed they will be voting in advance of the Nov. 4 election during a visit by Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa...
Uber Drivers Protest Company's Business Practices Outside Santa Monica Office  CBS Local   ...Teamsters Local 989 organized the demonstration at 11 a.m. outside Uber Technology offices, 1437 Seventh St. in Santa Monica...
Online petition calls for living wage for Facebook drivers  USA Today   ...Activist group CREDO Action is calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to support paying a living wage to shuttle bus drivers who ferry Facebook workers to and from the company's Menlo Park, Calif., campus...
Facebook drivers plan union vote  Fusion   ...Facebook’s bus drivers have scheduled an election to unionize to seek better working conditions...
How Fedex is trying to save the business model that saved it millions  Washington Post   ...In FedEx’s case, courts in several states, including California and Massachusetts, have told the company that its strategy of treating drivers as independent contractors doesn’t fly, prompting the shift to the independent service provider model. Now, at least one court has questioned whether even this new model passes muster...
Trade
The Trans-Pacific Partnership – One Sick Treaty?  RT   ...The TPP will help to maximize profits by increasing the ability of large corporations to acquire or hold international monopolies on a product for longer periods than they are currently able to. They can use this position to ensure that prices remain high – too high for many. Those unable to afford necessary medicine will suffer, become sicker, and in many cases die...
State Battles
Kansas and Wisconsin Continue to Lag Nation  Econbrowser   ...Some observers have argued that Wisconsin’s poor performance is attributable to regional shocks; if so, it is strange that Minnesota — Wisconsin’s next door neighbor — has failed to evidence a similar slowdown relative to the United States...
St. Pete Plans $12.50 Minimum Wage For City Workers  St. Petersburg Tribune   ...St. Petersburg is planning to introduce a $12.50 per hour minimum wage for all city workers. ... That will mean a pay raise for about 70 city workers who earn below that amount, including library assistants, sanitation workers, custodians and laborers. Increasing their pay will cost about $125,000...
Kansas Faces Additional Revenue Shortfalls After Tax Cuts  New York Times   ...Revenue numbers for July through September, the first three months of fiscal year 2015, suggest Kansas’ revenue gap is permanent, not temporary...
Judge Extends Blocking Wisconsin Campaign Law  FOX6   ...A federal judge has extended until Nov. 12 his order blocking a Wisconsin campaign coordination law that’s at the center of an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups...
Gov. Rick Scott To Avoid Testifying In Public Records Lawsuit Before Election  WESH   ...Scott was scheduled to give a deposition this Friday over private Google email accounts set up by the governor and two former aides...
War on Workers
Compensation shrinks for all income groups – except the very highest  Aljazeera America   ...Average pay for 2013 was $43,041 — down $79 from the previous year when measured in 2013 dollars. Worse, average pay fell $508 below the 2007 level, my analysis of the new Social Security Administration data shows...
Elizabeth Warren Demands An Investigation Of Mortgage Companies  Mother Jones   ...Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on the Government Accountability Office to investigate non-bank companies that service Americans' mortgages, noting in a letter co-signed by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) that an increasing number of lawsuits has been filed in recent years against these firms—which are not regulated as strictly as banks...
Port Has Valid Concerns About Oil Trains (opinion)  The Olympian   ...all South Sound residents should worry about the environmental and economic impacts of building terminals that could bring dangerous oil tanker trains moving 175,000 barrels of highly flammable Bakken crude oil per day through Thurston County...
SC Construction Worker Killed In Hit And Run On Highway 170  WSAV   ...A construction worker was killed early Thursday morning in a hit and run on S.C. Highway 170 near Cherry Point. Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott identifies the man as 53-year-old Barry Asbury...
Construction worker dies on-site in southern Saskatchewan  Leader-Post   ...A 43-year-old man from Kelvington is dead after a construction-site accident in southern Saskatchewan...
The Bottom 90 Percent Are Poorer Today Than They Were In 1987  Washington Post   ...Once upon a time, the American economy worked for everybody, and even the middle class got richer. But this story has only been a fairy tale for almost 30 years now. The new, harsh reality is that the bottom 90 percent of households are poorer today than they were in 1987...
Miscellaneous
Owners: Taj Mahal To Stay Open Throughout November  NBC News   ...Trump Entertainment Resorts is dropping its threat to close Atlantic City's Taj Mahal casino on Nov. 13. The company said Wednesday it still cannot guarantee the Taj Mahal won't close by the end of the year, but added it will definitely remain open throughout the month of November...
Why Was The NSA Chief Playing The Market?  Foreign Policy   ...At the same time that he was running the United States' biggest intelligence-gathering organization, former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander owned and sold shares in commodities linked to China and Russia, two countries that the NSA was spying on heavily...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Teamsters Local 117 is on an organizing tear

Hundreds of new Teamsters at Local 117 in Tukwila, Wash., are sitting down and bargaining with their employers for the first time.

Teamsters Local 117 has been on an organizing tear in the parking, warehouse and cold storage industries as well as the public sector.

According to Paul Zilly at the local,
Over the last year, workers at Animal Supply, Americold, Impark, Doug Fox, ATZ, and the City of Black Diamond have come together to fight for a voice in the workplace. 
 Now, after winning their Union elections, the workers are sitting down, face to face with their employers, along with Union staff, to engage in the collective bargaining process. 
Some groups, like the workers at Americold, have already met with their employer several times and have made slow, but steady progress at the table.  Other groups, like the Impark unit, are just pinning the employer down with bargaining dates.
Awgaw Fanta, a bargaining committee member and Impark employee, said,
We’ll be at the table soon, fighting for fair wages and good benefits.  We also need a break room. The Teamsters are good for us and have already helped us a lot.
Local 117 organizers are organizing three more companies right now in the Puget Sound region.

Here's a list of companies where new Teamsters can expect job security, a voice on the job and a way to settle disputes:
Puget Sound taxi cab operators - 600
Steeler (construction) - 40
IKEA (warehouse) - 65
GCA (airport shuttlers) - 175
AmeriCold (cold storage) - 30
Impark  (parking) - 86
App-Based Drivers Association (Uber drivers) - 160
Doug Fox (parking) - 25
Shuttle Park 2  (parking) - 21
Animal Supply (warehouse) - 85
City of Black Diamond (public sector) - 20 
They also have the 16,000 Teamsters of Local 117 standing beside them -- not to mention the 1.4 million hardworking men and women of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

The organizing wins are good for all workers in the region. As the local points out:
Bringing new workers into the Union builds power by creating Union density in key industries, which helps improve wages and benefits for all members. 

Today's Teamster News 10.23.14

Teamster News
The Teamsters Of The 21st Century: How Uber, Lyft, And Facebook Drivers Are Organizing  Fast Company   ...Teamsters are taking a bold step into the new sharing economy by organizing Uber and Lyft drivers in Los Angeles and San Diego and attempting to represent drivers for Facebook and Cisco employee shuttles...
Hoffa Tells Chicago Teamsters They Play Pivotal Role In Election  teamster.org   ...The Teamsters’ get-out-the-vote effort in advance of the Nov. 4 election moved onto Illinois today, with General President Jim Hoffa encouraging early voting among union members and working families at workplaces throughout the Chicagoland area...
We Stand With Italy's Workers!  teamster.org   ...Workers at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union in Washington D.C. sent a message of solidarity to their Italian brothers and sisters today as they prepare to protest labor law deregulation that will destroy workers' rights on the job...
Ikea and union strike a deal after 17-month dispute  Vancouver Sun   ...Ikea Canada announced Wednesday afternoon a 17-month labour dispute between the furniture giant and its Teamsters employees is over...
Grundy sergeants and dispatchers Teamsters endorse Briley  Morris Daily Herald   ... Teamsters Local 700, which represents the sergeants and dispatchers of Grundy County, announced Wednesday they are endorsing Ken Briley for Grundy County Sheriff...
Union chief maintains that Local 25 is a kinder, gentler Teamsters group  Boston Business Journal   ...He called the "Top Chef" story "fiction at best" and bristles as he discusses the negative media that resulted. Most frustrating, O'Brien said, is that the rough-and-tumble image of the Teamsters is the very thing he has been working to change as he works to increase the local's representation in new industries...
Polling place finds new home in Spring Garden Twp.  York Dispatch   ...The polling place that serves District 2 in the township is being moved from the Teamsters Local 430 building, 1780 Sixth Ave., to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1502 Fourth Ave. The emergency move comes after mold was discovered in the Teamsters building...
Mayoral race heats up with new endorsements, donations  Brown Daily Herald   ...Teamsters Local 251, a union  that has more than 3,000 members working in Providence, endorsed Cianci because “we thought he was the best candidate,” said Matt Taibi, the union’s principal officer...
Canfield Township, Teamsters continue negotiating for months  Youngstown Vindicator   ...Canfield Township officials continue to negotiate a contract with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 377 after it expired nearly a year-and-a-half ago...the township is being asked to pay between $229 and $238 per week per employee versus what they are negotiating, $220...
Phillips Pet Food workers will vote to form union  Morning Call   ...Some 200 warehouse workers at a Northampton County pet supply company will vote Thursday to join the Teamsters, a union and government official said today...
Trade
Profits Before Health: The Next Chapter Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)  Center For Research On Globalization   ...The Transpacific-Partnership (TPP) continues its ride through the negotiating rooms in top secrecy, punctured occasionally by a WikiLeaks release and the utterings of concerned bystanders.  The latest variant of the TPP’s intellectual property chapter (the “second release”) suggests a predictably corporate driven agenda on the issue of health care...
State Battles
Paul LePage's New Idea: Indentured Servants  DailyKos   ...Recently he has been talking about selling student loans to workers' employers in part because "I think we can make it sort of a very profitable operation."...
Why Voter ID Laws Aren’t Really About Fraud  PBS   ...Six of the 16 states that have passed voter ID laws since 2010 have a documented history of discriminating against minority voters. All but one of those states’ laws were put in place after the Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that required them to seek approval from the Justice Department for any voting-law changes...
Kansans Are Moderate As Hell And They're Not Going To Take It Anymore  Huffington Post   ...Members of Republicans for Kansas Values, a stodgy group of lawmakers past and present, assailed the state's increasing deficits, depleted trust funds and lowered credit rating. All these grievances were laid at the doorstep of the state's Republican governor, Sam Brownback, whose re-election the group opposed. ...
Gov. Snyder’s Karma: Elections Have Consequences (opinion)  Detroit News   ...Four years ago, Rick Snyder was elected governor and the Republicans won complete control of the Legislature. One-party control has created clear-cut winners and losers. The winners, large corporations and CEOs, have been given huge tax cuts, while the consequences for the losers — senior citizens, middle-class families, public school students and low income workers — have been devastating...
Scott Walker Campaign Staffer OK'd Statement Denying Political Activity By County Staff  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel   ...When Scott Walker's county staff members needed to release a statement in 2010 saying they did not engage in campaign activity, who exactly did they ask to approve the language? Walker's top campaign aides, naturally...
City May Refuse Licenses To Companies Convicted Of Wage Theft  KVIA   ...The City of El Paso is preparing an ordinance meant to deter companies from stealing wages from workers...
War on Workers
How Quantitative Easing Contributed to the Nation’s Inequality Problem  New York Times   ...Quantitative easing adds to the problem of income inequality by making the rich richer and the poor poorer. By intentionally driving down interest rates to low levels, it allows people who can get access to cheap money on a regular basis to benefit in extraordinary ways...
New Study Confirms EPA’s Proposed Carbon Regulations To Hurt W.Va.  West Virginia Record   ...A new analysis by a global economic consulting firm is projecting “significant negative economic impacts” to West Virginia under a proposed plan by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fuel power plants...
Most People Oppose Changes To Trucker Hours-Of-Service Requirements  Safety and Health Magazine   ...Four out of five Americans oppose legislative efforts to increase the number of hours truck drivers can be behind the wheel per week, according to the results of a poll released by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Truck Safety Coalition...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Today's Teamster News 10.22.14

Teamster News
Teamsters Local 769 In Miami Files For Representational Elections At Con-Way Freight  IBT   ..."For far too long, these hardworking employees have not had the respect and dignity on the job that they deserve," said Mike Scott, President of Local 769. "When they form their union with the Teamsters, they will be treated fairly and we will work hard to negotiate a strong Teamster contract for them that addresses their issues including job security."...
The Frozen-Egg Gap: Silicon Valley's Perks Aren't For Everyone  NBC News   ...“We’ve got companies that make stupendous amounts of money and can afford to treat them better,” said Rome Aloise, principal officer of Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro, Calif. The Teamsters is seeking to organize shuttle drivers who work at tech firms through third-party contractors...
Brinks Workers In Alberta Ratify New Labour Contract  Canadian Labour Reporter   ...Alberta workers with the logistics cash provider Brinks recently ratified a new labour contract. The new collective agreement — negotiated with Teamsters Local Union 362 — includes wage increases of 2.5 per cent to three per cent every year for the next four years. Approximately 230 workers are covered by the contract. The agreement will expire in September 2018...
Brian Davis  IBT   ...Dear Brothers and Sisters: We are saddened to inform you that Teamster Local 174 Business Agent and Joint Council 28 Freight Division Director Brian Davis tragically passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014...
Americold Workers in Wisconsin Choose Teamsters  teamster.org   ...Cold storage warehouse workers at Americold in Darien, Wisc., have voted by nearly a 2-1 margin to join Teamsters Local 695 in Madison, Wisc. There are 133 workers in the bargaining unit...
Hoffa Tells Wisconsin Teamsters They Can Effect Change  teamster.org   ...Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa continued his whirlwind tour of the union’s workplaces in Wisconsin today, urging members at UPS, Roundy’s grocery and Nestle to get out and vote to ensure that pro-worker candidates are elected in Madison and Washington, D.C...
Funeral Giant SCI Accepts Union's Offer to Enter Federal Mediation  teamster.org   ... Funeral industry giant Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) has accepted Teamsters Local 727’s offer to enter federal mediation as the union attempts to reach an agreement on a new contract for Chicago-area funeral workers...
Trade
WTO Rejects US Country-of-Origin Labels for Meat  Associated Press   ...In a ruling Monday, the World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage...
U.S. floats cutting tobacco from part of Pacific trade pact -sources  Reuters   ...The United States has floated excluding tobacco products from a key section of a 12-nation Pacific trade deal and signaled it may present a formal proposal to trading partners at talks in Australia, sources briefed on the negotiations said...
Don’t Let Congress Trade U.S. Jobs Away  teamster.org   ...Hardworking Americans have seen a significant decline in the availability of middle-class jobs in this country during the last 20 years. And that is largely due to one thing – lousy trade deals approved by Congress...
State Battles
Emails show Scott Walker campaign treasurer got inside information on real-estate deal  Wisconsin State Journal   ...The campaign treasurer for Gov. Scott Walker got detailed financial information from a top Walker aide around the time he was bidding on a real estate deal involving Milwaukee County, according to correspondence released Tuesday as part of a now-closed investigation into Walker’s office while he was county executive...
Wisconsin: Effort To Reinstate Voter ID Law Is Abandoned  New York Times   ...J. B. Van Hollen, the state’s attorney general, is giving up on finding a way to get a voter photo identification law in place for the Nov. 4 election...
Why is the Boston Globe Covering Up for Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker? (Updated)  naked capitalism   ...Boston’s paper of record is effectively covering up for Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker by failing to cover a growing pay to play scandal in New Jersey, with Baker as one of its central figures...
Minimum Wage Increase Headed To Ballot  NBC News   ...San Diego City Council voted unanimously to let voters decide whether to raise the city’s minimum wage. But it’s not as though they had much of a choice. On Monday, the council voted on whether to put the matter on the ballot or rescind an ordinance that would have raised the minimum wage to $11.50 over the next three years, beginning in January...
Minimum Wage In Mountain View To Jump From $9 An Hour To $10.30 This Summer  San Jose Mercury News   ...the Mountain View City Council followed San Jose's lead by voting ...  to increase the minimum wage in the city from $9 to $10.30 an hour. After the initial bump in July, the wage is supposed to increase every Jan. 1 based on inflation. The council set a goal of $15 per hour by 2018...
White Hat’s Magic Trick: Transforming Public Schools into Private Assets  Center for Media and Democracy   ...There’s a lot of money at stake in Ohio charter schools, which as a group will receive almost $900 million in 2014. Charters get about $7,200 per student in taxpayer funding, compared to about $3,500 per student in traditional public schools...
ALEC’s Corporate Sponsors Should Be Held Accountable For Forcing Taxpayers to Subsidize Their Lobbying  Common Cause   ...A complaint pending in the IRS Whistleblower office, filed by Common Cause, used thousands of pages of ALEC’s own records to challenge the group’s claim that it does not engage in lobbying. If the tax agency finds that ALEC is a corporate lobby masquerading as a charity, and its corporate sponsors knew this all along, the businesses which contribute to its $7 million annual budget could be on the hook for back taxes, too...
War on Workers
Labor Secretary Says U.S. Record On Paid Parental Leave Is 'Dismal': 'We Need To Lead'  Huffington Post   ...Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more "shared prosperity" in the U.S. economy lies in a higher minimum wage, paid family leave for workers and stronger union density in the private sector...
Uber Will Lower GDP  Forbes   ...If someone takes an Uber ride instead of a regular cab, what happens?  The customer is spending less, a taxi driver somewhere is losing a customer, the Uber driver is making less than the taxi driver would have, and the customer gets where they want to go in a happier state.  Alternatively, traditional taxi companies may try to compete and start lowering their prices, as they appear to be doing.  Add it all up; you get a smaller number. GDP goes down..
New Efforts To Ban Tobacco Farm Child Labor  ABC News   ...Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms. The new efforts were jumpstarted by a Human Rights Watch report in May that said nearly three-quarters of the children interviewed by the group reported vomiting, nausea and headaches while working on tobacco farms...
Worker killed at North Antelope Rochelle Mine identified  Associated Press   ...A contractor died in a weekend accident at Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle Mine in northeastern Wyoming…The contractor's death was the second this year at North Antelope Rochelle...
Friends, relatives remember Pittsburgh sanitation worker killed in Carrick  Pittsburgh Post-Tribune   ...Those who knew Mr. Hodges, who had no criminal record and who worked three jobs to try to support two children he treated as his own, said they were stunned by the way he died...
Greece: Deficit would be just 1.8% without the "support" to banks!  unbalanced evolution   ...Another official source, Eurostat this time, confirms that the banks in Greece received billions in bailout packages, leading to the unprecedented enlargement of the national deficit. Of the total 12.2% of GDP revised deficit, 10.4% is due to recapitalization of the banks!...
Miscellaneous
Low Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations  naked capitalism   ...The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two months, according to the latest data from oil services firm Baker Hughes. There were 19 oil rigs that were removed from operation as of Oct. 17, compared to the prior week. There are now 1,590 active oil rigs, the lowest level in six weeks...
U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports  Reuters   ...The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus...
Help, We're in a Living Hell and We Don't Know How To Get Out  Esquire   ...There have always been fools, and rancorous factionalism, too. What is new in this part of history that we are living through is that we have been taken hostage by them and by the heroes of the Constitution and various other charlatans...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today's Teamster News 10.21.14

Teamster News
Hoffa Heads To Wisconsin To Urge Teamsters To The Polls  teamster.org   ...Jim Hoffa, Teamsters' General President, barnstormed the state of Wisconsin today to encourage fellow Teamsters to vote for working family candidates and those who support collective bargaining...
Teamsters Honor School Bus Worker Contributions To Safety During National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 20-24  IBT   ...The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is honoring school bus workers—including the more than 75,000 Teamster school bus workers—for their dedication to safety and service during National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 20-24...
U.S. Senators seek antitrust scrutiny of Sysco deal to buy U.S. Foods  Reuters   ...The top two lawmakers on the Senate's antitrust panel have urged regulators to scrutinize food distributor Sysco Corp's planned purchase of rival U.S. Foods for $3.5 billion...
Trade
Trans-Pacific trade deal could bankrupt governments  All Voices   ...TPP is really about giving corporations the right to sue sovereign governments for profit...
State Battles
Scott Walker Puts Miles On State Vehicles For Job — And Campaigning  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel   ...Since taking office in January 2011, Walker has used a state SUV and sedan to get to political events on at least 365 days, or more than a year out of his four years leading the state, according to state records reviewed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
Report Critical Of Corbett "Outsourcing" In Pennsylvania  Public News Service   ...Shrinking government has meant shifting responsibilities to private industry in some states, and Gov. Tom Corbett is one of seven governors taken to task in a new report that correlates these outsourcing decisions with major campaign donors and mixed results for taxpayers...
Kids As Crash Test Dummies: Brownback Outsources Child Support Services To Donor  Huffington Post   ...In March 2013, however, the Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced that all child support services would be outsourced, and a request for proposal was issued. Not limited to enforcement, the contracts would include services connected to court petitioning, locating parents, and establishing paternity, which had never been in private hands before...
Indiana Reinstates Time Limits For Some Food Stamp Recipients  Indianapolis Star   ...Advocates for the poor say it would be better for Indiana to first make sure it has sufficient programs to help the unemployed find jobs or new skills before reinstating the time limits...
Captive Customers: Outsourcing Prison Services Is Ruining Lives And Bilking Taxpayers  Huffington Post   ...Florida Governor Rick Scott campaigned on privatizing health care in Florida's prisons, and that is exactly what he has delivered. The Post investigation uncovered sky rocketing inmate deaths, as referrals to outside doctors have dropped by nearly 50 percent, and prescription pain management medications are replaced with over the counter drugs like Tylenol and ibuprofen. One inmate complained of lumps in her arm and was given a warm compress, Tylenol and solitary confinement. Six weeks later, she was dead of cancer that had spread throughout her body...
Supreme Court Allows Texas To Use Controversial Voter-ID Law  Washington Post   ...The Supreme Court’s order that Texas can proceed with its strict voter-ID law in next month’s election ended what is likely to be just the first round in a legal battle over election-law changes made by Republican-led legislatures around the country...
War on Workers
Taxi Shortage As Uber Lures Away Yellow Cabbies  New York Post   ...Fleet owners are blaming the Taxi and Limousine Commission for the mass migration, accusing it — or one of its employees — of supplying drivers’ contact information to Uber. “They’re leaking it,” said Tony Georgiton, of Queens Medallion, which leases its cars to some 2,000 drivers. “It has to be somebody within the agency, within the TLC.”...
Middletown Man Killed In Freak Farm Accident  New Castle News Journal   ...A tractor being operated by 64-year-old Robert L. Baker, of Odessa, was pulling a grain hopper, which had a tow strap attached to the back, and was attempting to pull out a tractor-trailer fully loaded with corn that was stuck in the mud, Fournier said...
Hartford jury awards $7M in DOT worker death case  Associated Press   ...The 41-year-old father of two from Rocky Hill was struck by a tractor trailer on the right shoulder of Route 8 northbound on March 22, 2012, after parking his DOT truck, which had its emergency lights on...
NYC Papa John's Pizza Franchisee Sued For $2 Million  Reuters   ...New York state's attorney general sued the owners of five Papa John's pizza restaurants in Manhattan on Thursday for about $2 million over claims that they had underpaid 400 delivery workers and shaved hours from their paychecks...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Today's Teamster News 10.20.14

Teamsters
Ikea and union to start mediation  Vancouver Sun   ...Mediation is set to begin Monday between Ikea and the Teamsters’ Union Local 213, which represents employees at the company’s store in Richmond...
Coakley, Baker rally supporters as election looms  Boston Globe   ...At a cavernous union hall in Charlestown Sunday morning, her voice resonating off the walls, Democrat Martha Coakley exhorted members of Teamsters Local 25 to get out the vote for her...
Casino question could be a jackpot  Boston Herald   ...“Obviously Question 3 (the repeal initiative) is a big question for organized labor and also for the economy of Massachusetts,” Teamsters Local 25 President Sean O’Brien said yesterday at a raucous Charlestown rally of hundreds of union members for Democratic candidate Martha Coakley...
Trade 
The TPP Would Enroll More Online Spies  Public Citizen   ... the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) includes draft rules that would increase significantly the role of online service providers in keeping an eye on their users, under the pretext of combatting copyright piracy. Even if you are not an infringer, your Internet service provider (ISP) will be watching you, just in case...
Jack Lew Sees No Evil: Treasury Fails To Name China as a Currency Manipulator for the 12th Time  Economic Policy Institute   ...China purchased $681 billion in total foreign exchange reserves between December 2012 and June 2014, and more than $2 trillion since this Administration took office. Currency manipulation by China and approximately 20 other countries has increased the U.S. trade deficit by $200 to $500 billion. Elimination of currency manipulation would create 2.3 million to 5.8 million U.S. jobs, without raising public spending at all (indeed, reducing the trade deficit through currency re-alignment would reduce the federal budget deficit)...
TPP proposal is a bad deal (LTE)   News and Sentinel   ...I do not want my children to wonder where they are going to work because manufacturing will be done in third world countries for pennies on the dollar...
State Battles
Snyder, Schauer spar over fairness of tax rewrite  Lansing State Journal   ...Democrat Mark Schauer is centering his populist message against Republican Gov. Rick Snyder around a 3-year-old tax overhaul that lowered the burden on business but raised it on individuals...
Letters: State worse under Walker (LTE)   Post-Crescent   ...the state’s median income has dropped from $54,210 in 2009 to $51,647 in 2013 and that the percentage of children living in poverty has risen from 13.3 percent in 2008 to 18.4 percent in 2013...
War on Workers
The Social Security office of judges who hear appeals for disability benefits is 990,399 cases behind  Washington Post   ...What’s left now is an office that costs taxpayers billions and still forces applicants to wait more than a year — often, without a paycheck — before delivering an answer about their benefits...
Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong  Washington Post   ...rich high school dropouts remain in the top about as much as poor college grads stay stuck in the bottom — 14 versus 16 percent, respectively. Not only that, but these low-income strivers are just as likely to end up in the bottom as these wealthy ne'er-do-wells...
Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas  Associated Press   ...Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with a victim of the disease and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus...
Harold Meyerson: How workers lost the power struggle — and their pay raises (opinion)  Washington Post   ...The distribution of income is a function not just of global forces but also of social and institutional power. And over the past four decades, U.S. workers have suffered a loss of power that may exceed even their loss of income...
Behind Private Equity’s Curtain  New York Times   ...public employees are relying on their pensions for financial security. Private equity firms are relying on their pensions, too. Over the last 10 years, pension funds have piled into private equity buyout funds. But in exchange for what they hope will be hefty returns, many pension funds have signed onto a kind of omerta, or code of silence, about the terms of the funds’ investments...


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Today's Teamster News 10.19.14

Teamsters
Teamsters’ employees will not get raises  Hernando Today   ...Hernando County, which was poised to give salary increases to hundreds of employees — union members and others — instead will give them only to some non-union workers. The nonunion employees who will receive raises are those whose paychecks were deemed too low by consultants who looked at pay of government employees elsewhere…
First Student drivers vote to authorize strike  Savannah Now   ...First Student school bus drivers and mechanics voted to authorize a strike during a meeting of the Teamsters Union Local 728 on Saturday...
Trade
TPP Agreement Will 'Definitely' Raise Medicine Costs  telesurtv.com   ...The U.S. government has insisted you shouldn't read the leaked draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Expect the cost of life saving drugs like cancer medicine to rise under the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), a Malaysian legislator warned on Friday...
TPPA would criminalise journalism  No Right Turn   ...it also criminalises leaks which are detrimental to a party's international relations or international security. So, the US is trying to US the TPPA as a backdoor to silence WikiLeaks, the Snowden files, and the entire enterprise of journalistic criticism of power...
A Trade Storm Is Brewing  Public Citizen   ...Because Fast Track is so unpopular in the House, Speaker John Boehner has a devious plan to force the bill through Congress in the “lame duck” session after the November elections...
State Battles
The Court won’t interrupt Texas voter ID law  Scotus Blog   ...In a stinging defeat for the Obama administration and a number of civil rights groups in a major test case on voters’ rights, a divided Supreme Court told the state of Texas early Saturday morning that it may enforce its strict voter ID law for this year’s general election, with early voting starting next Monday...
About Those 8400 Jobs (opinion)  Milwaukee Sentinel   ...what really matters, is that Governor Walker promised us, that his 250,000 jobs pledge was his "floor not his ceiling".    He came as close to reaching his jobs promise as the Bucks did in landing Lebron James!...
War on Workers
Two-Thirds Of America's Biggest Retailers Are Worried About Flat Wages  Huffington Post   ...Sixty-eight percent of the top 100 retail companies in the U.S. -- a group that includes, Walmart, Apple, McDonald's and J.C. Penney -- say the country's stagnant wages pose a major threat to their bottom lines, according to a new report by the Center For American Progress...
Ebola! Prevention and Responsibility  In The Public Interest   ...Why didn’t the National Institutes of Health (NIH) properly anticipate Ebola? It did, according to NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. “NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001,” he asserted, pointing to stagnant congressional funding for developing a vaccine and therapeutics. Dr. Collins said that with funding, “we probably would have had a vaccine in time…”
Unprecedented amount of 'dark money' fuels midterm races  Los Angeles Times   ..."Is that going to become the new normal, this kind of money focused on one candidate, and we don't know where it's coming from?"...
405 Reopened After Construction Workers Killed in DUI Crash  KTLA   ...Two construction workers were hit and killed by drunk drivers on the northbound 405 Freeway early Sunday morning.