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Today's Teamster News 02.10.14

Vt. lawmakers balk at no-media trade talks  Associated Press   ...Vermont lawmakers are refusing to meet a demand from the office of the U.S. trade representative that they conduct secret talks over the impacts of a proposed international trade agreement...
Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps  Associated Press   ...President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation...
If You Thought You Couldn't Go To Jail For Debt Anymore, You're Wrong  Business Insider   ...n Ohio, the practice has been dealt a major blow ... The Ohio Supreme Court released a "bench card" to every state and municipal court judge in Ohio explaining how they must avoid sending people to jail who are too poor to pay their court fines. This bench card is the first of its kind in the nation...
Chinese Official Made Job Plea to JPMorgan Chase Chief  New York Times   ...Federal authorities are now investigating whether the hiring at JPMorgan — and at least six other big banks — was done explicitly to win business from Chinese companies. The authorities could decide to bring charges against individuals or a bank if they find such activity to be in violation of anti-bribery laws...
Suspicious Death of JPMorgan Vice President, Gabriel Magee, Under Investigation in London  Wall Street on Parade   ...No solid evidence exists currently to suggest that the death was a suicide. In fact, there is a strong piece of evidence pointing in the opposite direction...
Tapering of Quantitative Easing Is Throwing Emerging Markets into Chaos - And Big Banks Are Getting Richer  The Real News   ...the economy is growing, but it's growing in a very dysfunctional way... it is growing out of proportion. It is not growing in areas that affect Main Street, small businesses, wages...
Decades of Greed: Behind the Scenes With An Angry Walmart Manager  Gawker   ...How come in 1999 Walmart could pay me over $10 an hour but in 2014 I hire people in at $8.00 an hour?...
Crybabies of the 1 Percent: The Rich Complain While Getting Away With Everything  Alternet   ...Consider the case of a Texas teenager who  killed four people and severely injured two others while drunk-driving in his father’s pickup truck. Prosecutors wanted to send him to prison for 20 years, but a judge decided to give him no jail time at all after an expert witness for the defense testified that the defendant was suffering from “affluenza.” This affliction, the psychologist testified, was a product of the defendant having spent his life in the lap of luxury...
Group: Bangladesh Workers Threatened Over Union  Associated Press   ...dozens of workers who said they were beaten, lost their jobs or forced to resign after trying to organize unions...
Author: When It Comes To High-Speed Internet, U.S. 'Falling Way Behind'  NPR   ...American Internet service is falling behind other nations because cable companies have such dominance in many markets, and that will undermine our ability to compete in a global economy...
Subway Takes Chemical Out of Sandwich Bread After Protest  ABC News   ...Subway said today it is removing a chemical used in yoga mats and shoe soles from the bread of it its popular sandwiches after a food blogger got more than 50,000 signatures in a petition drive...
Right-to-work push (LTE)   Kansas City Star   ...Right to work is really the right to work for less. Sen. Ed Emery confirmed this when he said, “One of the things that will be advocated by the unions is look at all these right-to-work states, average wages all go down. Sure they go down.”...

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