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Today's Teamster News 04.07.14

Trade
USTR Froman’s Attack on Japan Set TransPacific Partnership Negotiations Back Further  naked capitalism   ... heaping criticism – in public! – of Japan in a heavy handed way like Froman did at the Congressional hearing is an unforgivable affront. Such antics will without a shadow of doubt not produce the desired outcome for the US government...
State Battles
Nixon calls for opposition to Right to Work  Springfield News-Leader   ...Ahead of a possible vote this coming week, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon sought to strike a blow against Right to Work legislation on Saturday night...
Jones promotes right-to-work bill in his own self-interest (LTE)  St. Louis Post-Dispatch   ...Jones’ obvious goal is to line his pockets with Koch brothers' and other out-of-state money at the expense of real working people...
The War on Workers
Can We Safeguard Our Democracy After McCutcheon?  Moyers & Company   ...The Supreme Court’s evisceration of our campaign finance rules is a powerful argument for the cleansing properties of sunlight...
Inflation Watch: Global Food Disruptions, Commodity Prices Soar  Testosterone Pit   ...food prices here in the U.S. are expected to increase by between 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent this year.  If they do break the 3 percent mark, it will likely be the largest increase since 2011 and more than double last year’s 1.4 percent rise...
Fed Up with the Fed Blaming Boomers  Instapopulist   ...Why does the Fed keep claiming Baby Boomers are the main reason for the decline in the labor force? The real reason is because there aren't enough jobs for prime-age workers, and not mostly because older workers are leaving the work force...
Lessons We Must Learn from Charles Keating  The Big Picture   ...A fraudulent CEO doesn’t have to send an email directing a subordinate or “independent professional” to commit or aid and abet accounting fraud – he simply uses compensation and the power to hire and fire to create the perverse financial incentives to commit and aid and abet such frauds...
How Much Is NSA Spying Costing In Lost Productivity?  Washington Blog   ... top computer and internet experts say that NSA spying breaks the functionality of our computers and of the Internet. It reduces functionality and reduces security by – for example – creating backdoors that malicious hackers can get through...