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Today's Teamster News 03.08.15

Teamsters
Hall Joins Thousands Of Teamsters At West Virginia Rally For Workers  teamster.org   ...Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall delivered a rousing speech to thousands of rallying protesters in his home state of West Virginia on  Saturday, urging workers to continue their fight against the legislature’s anti-worker agenda currently being pushed by state lawmakers...
Teamsters Affiliate Endorses Garcia for Mayor  NBC Chicago   ...Teamsters [Local 743] union affiliate endorsed mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Saturday. Teamsters Local 743 represents 10,000 workers in the health care, mail order, technical and warehouse industries in the Chicago area, including the University of Chicago Medical Center and Mercy Hospital...
Trade
Labor fires back at Obama on trade  The Hill   ...Labor unions and other groups opposed to free-trade policies are ramping up a spring offensive against the White House and congressional Republicans with new trade legislation set to emerge in the coming weeks...
Obscure TPP Provision Will Lead to Corporations Replacing Nations As the Rulers of the Planet  The Common Sense Show   ...An obscure Trans Pacific Partnership provision will serve to threaten the very existence of the nation state and replace governmental authority with the power and the whim of the corporation. This secretive provision promises to supplant all national authority with a “Rollerball” type of world...
State Battles
Assembly sends Wisconsin's right-to-work bill to Scott Walker  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel   ...In a powerful illustration of the state's increasingly polarized politics, the Wisconsin Assembly passed so-called right-to-work legislation Friday on a strictly party-line vote, with two Republicans who had previously sided with unions now lining up against them...
War on Workers
The month that killed the middle class: How October 1973 slammed America  Salon   ...October 1973 was a rude awakening for the entire United States. It was a watershed month for the American middle class. The Arab Oil Embargo would lead to the downfall of the American auto industry, whose generous wages and benefits set the standard for the entire economy. It was also the month of the Saturday Night Massacre, which made inevitable the downfall of Richard Nixon. The Watergate scandal resulted in changes to the American political system that put more power into the hands of lobbyists, political action committees and wealthy, self-funded candidates...
EPA: Illinois oil train derailment threatens Mississippi River  McClatchy   ... An oil train derailment and spill in northwest Illinois poses an “imminent and substantial danger” of contaminating the Mississippi River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Saturday...
Train carrying crude oil derails near Gogama, Ont.  CBC News   ...Several tanker cars caught fire after a Canadian National Railway train carrying crude oil derailed in northern Ontario, prompting officials to advise nearby residents to stay indoors and avoid consuming water from local sources...
A CEO's Real Fiduciary Duty  Economic Populist   ... profits have been increasingly paid back to shareholders, rather than invested in hiring more people and/or paying their employees better. Instead, companies have been borrowing in order to buy back their own company stock, which not only boosts their company's stock price for investors — but also for company executives, who are paid with stock-option grants as "performance pay"...

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