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Today's Teamster News 04.12.14

Teamster News
Teamsters, Greece Central Agree To New Contract  Democrat & Chronicle   ...The union representing Greece Central School District central office, food service, transportation and facility employees has inked a new contract with the district...
Teamsters endorse Pasco contract  Tampa Bay Tribune   ...The Teamsters Local 79 overwhelmingly voted to ratify their first contract with Pasco County. Union members voted 248-63 to endorse the contract, which took 3½ years to negotiate...
North Las Vegas Strikes Deals With 2 Unions  San Francisco Chronicle   ...North Las Vegas officials reached agreements with two of their public employee labor unions on Wednesday after talks involving Gov. Brian Sandoval and Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, putting the city closer to staving off a potential state takeover...
Trade
Mexico now exports more cars to the U.S. than Japan does  The Raw Story   ...Mexico’s booming auto industry has reached a major milestone, claiming to have overtaken Japan as the second biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months...
TPP Foreign Policy Arguments Mimic False Claims Made for Past Pacts  Public Citizen   ...foreign policy arguments have consistently proven baseless when used to sell trade deals over the past two decades...
Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Pact Risks Splitting Asean, Manila Warns  South China Morning Post   ...A US-backed pacific free-trade pact could cause resentment in Southeast Asia, leaving some nations in the region better positioned to access the American market than others, a top Philippean official said...
State Battles
Missouri becomes latest Right to Work battleground  Washington Post   ...The national battle between conservative groups and big labor unions is moving to Missouri as outside groups on both sides gear up for a vote that could come as early as Monday on controversial legislation that would strip unions of the power to compel workers in union shops to join...
Editorial: Dark money vultures pick away at Missouri's legislative carcass  St. Louis Post-Dispatch   ...They direct big donors in the age of dark money. They are nothing but vultures, and they are winning...

War on Workers
Temp Workers Claim Unfair Treatment, File Lawsuits  5 NBC Chicago   ...Thousands of Chicagoans are being treated unfairly by local temporary staffing agencies that require them to work long hours without always getting full pay, according to several class-action lawsuits currently being litigated in U.S. District Court...
Newly started foreclosures head higher in 19 states  MarketWatch   ...While national trends for troubled properties are improving, there are 19 states where newly started foreclosures are heading higher...
Start saving now: Day care costs more than college in 31 states  Washington Post   ...the annual cost of day care for an infant exceeds the average cost of in-state tuition and fees at public colleges in 31 states...
Jamie Dimon got a raise that conveniently looks like a paycut  Salon   ...The bumbling JPMorgan chief is rewarded, a bit sneakily, for his disastrous 2013 performance...
Gentrification’s quiet tragedy: How sweetheart deals are brutalizing the public  The Salon   ...Private companies are tricking public officials into bonanzas that line the companies' pockets -- at a big expense...
Thousands losing tax refunds to parents’ decades-old debts  Washington Post   ...Some taxpayers are finding that because of a debt they never knew about — often due to a decades-old Social Security overpayment — the government has confiscated their refunds...
Miscellaneous
Crude oil is displacing other commodities on trains, critics charge  McClatchy   ...Grain producers, manufacturers and coal shippers told federal regulators Thursday that rail service has deteriorated drastically in the nation’s midsection in recent months, leaving crops in piles on the ground and fuel stocks low at electric power plants as resources go undelivered. Railroad representatives told the federal Surface Transportation Board that a brutal winter, combined with a record grain harvest, was to blame for the delays, but the industry’s critics charge that their shipments are taking a side track to crude oil...
Can You Buy A License to Speed?  Priceonomics   ...With a (license plate) frame announcing that the driver has contributed a substantial amount of money to a fund that benefits highway patrol officers, donors believe that cops won’t give them speeding tickets...
Bus Crash Investigator: Tracker On Fedex Truck Likely Destroyed  NBC News   ...Ten people, five of them teenage students en route to a college recruitment event, died when the truck swerved across the median of Interstate 5 and slammed head-on into the motor coach full of students from the Los Angeles area on Thursday...

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