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Today's Teamster News 04.13.14

Trade
Taiwan protesters end long occupation of parliament over trade deal  Los Angeles Times   ...Hundreds of protesters in Taiwan ended a nearly monthlong blockade of parliament Thursday, giving leaders a fragile reprieve to finish a disputed trade pact with China...
We are in danger of losing our country’s assets!  Trade Reform   ...How many are aware that the chain of  AMC Theaters is now owned by Chinese Corporation? … This means that the Chinese will now be in a position to shape public opinion and mold the minds of our children through entertainment media...
State Battles
Scott Walker campaign asks Supreme Court to intervene in 'John Doe' investigation  Wisconsin State Journal   ...Another legal challenge has been filed in the ongoing investigation into possible illegal campaign activity during Wisconsin’s spate of recalls, this time by the attorney for Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign...
University of Southern Maine, Facing Organized Opposition from Students and Faculty, Rescinds Proposed Cuts  naked capitalism   ...University of Southern Maine President Theodora Kalikow on Friday rescinded the 12 faculty layoffs that had prompted weeks of protests, saying she’s open to alternative plans for finding up to $14 million in cuts...
The War on Workers
Soglin: Ride-sharing companies refuse to meet standards  Channel 3000...Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said ride-sharing companies operating in the city refuse to meet standards, and to date, refuse to respect Madison ordinances. Lyft and Uber, which launched in Madison in recent months, allow customers to order a ride from drivers using a downloadable phone application...
Something To Keep An Eye On: College Enrollment Has Dropped Substantially Since 2012  Economic Policy Institute   ...Enrollment was on a general upward trend since 1985, but peaked in 2012 and has since dropped in each of the last two years...
Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Vexed by Low Demand for Mortgages  Bloomberg   ...New York-based JPMorgan said jobs at its mortgage business declined 14,000, or 30 percent, since the start of last year. Wells Fargo set plans to cut 1,100 positions in the most recent three months, which ranked as its worst first quarter for mortgage revenue since 2008...
Spy planes: Millions of airline passengers using inflight WiFi are being tracked by the NSA… and it could be illegal  Daily Mail   ...Gogo, the main supplier of WiFi to airlines, gives data to U.S. authorities...
Thousands in Paris and Rome Protest Austerity Measures  Al Jazeera America  ...Tens of thousands of people took part in protests in central Paris and Rome, organized by hard-left parties opposed to government economic reform plans and austerity measures...
Why Won't Washington Take on Wall Street's Biggest Crimes?  Atlantic   ...The Justice Department has successfully convicted dozens of bankers for insider trading. But the big banks did something much worse and got away with it...

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