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Today's Teamster News 04.21.14

Trade
This Time, Get Global Trade Right (opinion)  New York Times   ...To gain the support of a divided Congress and public, the administration must ensure that new agreements are much stronger than Nafta and other pacts...
During Asia trip, Obama will renew effort to ‘rebalance’ U.S. relationship with the region  Washington Post   ...the president has a long list of tasks awaiting him: He will try to make headway on trade negotiations with Japan...
War on Workers
Tech Companies Adopt Astroturf to Get Their (Wicked) Way  truthout   ...FWD.us was founded in April 2013 by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg...The group favors a certain type of immigrant: highly-skilled, foreign tech workers who would be cheaper to hire than their American counterparts. Net effect: lower wages for everyone...
After foreclosure crisis, renters suffer under Wall Street landlords  Aljazeera America   ...low-income urban renters also saw their buildings over-mortgaged at the height of the crisis, and now faceless hedge funds and nameless investors are replacing their desperate landlords — sometimes with disastrous consequences...
After Everest Disaster, Sherpas Contemplate Strike  New York Times   ...On Sunday, disappointed at the Nepali government’s offer of 40,000 rupees, or about $408, as compensation for the families of the dead, some Sherpas gathered at Everest’s base camp proposed a “work stoppage” that could disrupt or cancel the 334 expeditions planned for the 2014 climbing season...
Miscellaneous
'It's miraculous': Stowaway, 16, walks away unharmed despite flying more than five hours from California to Hawaii in plane WHEEL WELL after running away from home  Daily Mail   ...A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific despite -81F (-62C) temperatures at 38,000 feet...
Is America an oligarchy?  New Yorker   ...From the Dept. of Academics Confirming Something You Already Suspected comes a new study concluding that rich people and organizations representing business interests have a powerful grip on U.S. government policy...