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Today's Teamster News 04.23.13

The U.S. Corporate Tax Code Is a Giveaway  Economic Populist   ...The GAO issued a new report which shows use of corporate tax breaks cost the U.S. government $181.4 billion in 2011 alone...
Westboro Baptist Church No-Shows At Krystle Campbell Funeral As Teamsters Form Human Shield  The Inquistr   ...Westboro Baptist Church protesters apparently did not show up at yesterday's funeral for Krystle Campbell. But the local Teamsters Union wasn’t taking any chances...
Canada foils 'al-Qaeda linked' terror attack on train  BBC News   ...Two foreign men living in Canada have been charged with plotting a terrorist attack on a passenger train with support from al-Qaeda elements in Iran...
EU near austerity limit, says Barroso  The Guardian   ...The European Union's focus on austerity has hit the limits of public acceptance, according to the head of the EU's executive arm, as Brussels joined the International Monetary Fund in raising concerns over the impact of public spending cuts...
The Real Faces of the Minimum Wage  Common Dreams   ...Most minimum-wage workers are adults, the majority of them are women, and many are parents who are trying to raise their children on poverty wages...
White House: Federal agencies evaluating fertilizer plant inspections  The Hill Blog   ...That fertilizer plant in West, TX that exploded last week, killing at least 14 and injuring 100s more, had not been inspected by the Occupation Health and Safety Administration since 1985, though other federal and state officials were aware of the plant and its hazardous materials. Federal agencies are assessing “their inspection practices” now. That’s it?...
Restyled as Real Estate Trusts, Varied Businesses Avoid Taxes  The New York Times   ...“A small but growing number of American corporations . . . are declaring that they are not ordinary corporations at all.” They’re “special trusts that are typically exempt from paying taxes.” Congress will no doubt spring into action and fix this...
Former Nestle CEO: 'Water should be privatized, it's not a right'  Examiner.com   ...On April 20, Americans Against the Tea Party shared a video of the former CEO of Nestle, coincidentally also the largest seller of bottled water in the world, where he says that he feels that water is not a right and it should be privatized and sold. Really?...
Karl Rove, Koch brothers lead charge to control Republican data  Politico  ...The GOP didn’t have an answer for Big Democratic Data in 2012, costing them in close races from Congress to the White House. Now, they’ve got lots of answers — possibly too many...
Costs, number of deleted files pile up in redistricting case  Wisconsin State Journal   ...Names of two Republican legislative aides who deleted those “hundreds of thousands” of redistricting data files have now been revealed...
Michigan road funding: Americans For Prosperity launching 'Don't raise MI taxes' statewide tour Michigan Live   ...Americans For Prosperity-Michigan, the state chapter of the national conservative advocacy group, is fighting proposals by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican lawmakers to boost road funding through increased taxes or fees...
Detroit emergency manager eyes end to union bargaining  Reuters   ...Detroit's emergency manager indicated for the first time that he may end collective bargaining with city employees as part of his effort to shore up the city's sagging finances...
Prevailing wage challenged  News-Tribune   ...Both the federal and state governments require contractors to pay the “prevailing wage” on public construction projects, such as schools, municipal buildings and sewer systems. But some in the (Missouri) Legislature want to change that — to cancel the state law, which has been on the books since 1957...
Indiana suffers from bad tax system, bad tax cuts (opinion) The Indianapolis Star   ...Do Hoosiers even want Gov. Mike Pence’s income tax cut? And should they, considering that Indiana has one of the most regressive, elitist, tax systems in the nation, and what’s on the table will only make matters worse?...
Courtney Johnson commentary: Should Ohio voters support a right-to-work ballot issue? No  The Columbus Dispatch   ...The last time our state was confronted with an unsafe, unfair attack on workers — Senate Bill 5 — voters in Ohio emphatically rejected the flawed law...
Liquor privatization will change Pennsylvania (opinion)  The Quad   ...In March, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed House Bill 790. If the bill is voted into law, the liquor industry will be privatized. When introduced, the bill quickly gained support from many Republicans including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. Supporters claim privatization will bring prosperity to the Commonwealth by instilling competition. Unfortunately, many people will be hurt by this bill...
Petition seeks repeal of Anchorage labor law  Associated Press   ...The Anchorage Assembly last month eliminated the right to strike by eight city unions and took away performance bonuses and incentives in future city contracts. The measure also limits annual pay hikes and creates a system for outsourcing certain city work...
Public employees deserve pensions (opinion)  Sun-Sentinel   ...it is not responsible or fair to cut further into the financial security of working Americans because they happen to be public employees...
LePage: “I am going to be the next Scott Walker”  Bangor Daily News   ...“I will guarantee you that you will see the most vicious education campaign ads that you’ve ever seen in your life next year, because I am going to be the next Scott Walker in this country, because I am challenging the status quo,” declared LePage...
Ohio Teamsters Suspend Strike Over Republic Services' Unfair Labor Practices  IBT   ...Today, 23 workers at Republic Services’ landfill in Youngstown, Ohio returned to work after an unfair labor practice strike that began on March 27, 2013...
Teamsters will decide soon on YRC network changes  Kansas City Business Journal   ...The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is expected to decide whether to adopt YRC Worldwide Inc.’s sweeping change of operations request by the end of the week after meeting with union leadership in Dallas on Friday...
ABF, Teamsters agree to another 30-day contract extension after union leaders spurn offer  DC Velocity   ...The Teamsters union and less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier ABF Freight System Inc. agreed late Friday to another 30-day extension of their current contract...