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Today's Teamster News 05.01.14

Teamster News
Day 2 Of Truckers Strike At Port Of Long Beach  Belmont Shores-Naples Patch   ...A 48-hour strike went into its second day at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach today, with contract truckers picketing as part of a Teamsters union backed effort to get hired as full-fledged employees...
Trade
Beijing Pushing For Trans-Pacific Trade Pact To Rival TPP  Taipai Times   ...China is pressing for a vast Asia-Pacific free trade agreement, a senior official said yesterday, as a rival US-led deal that excludes the Asian giant has yet to reach an agreement...
State Battles
Striking Down Wisconsin Voted ID Law, Judge Finds 'No Rational Person Could Be Worried' About Voter Fraud  Think Progress   ...A federal judge invalidated Wisconsin's photo ID requirement Tuesday, in at least the third court ruling to strike down the law...
2 high-speed train sets built for Wisconsin set to leave Milwaukee  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel   ...In what appears to be the final chapter of an ill-fated venture in Milwaukee, Spanish train-maker Talgo is vacating its factory on the city's north side, and its two unused high-speed train sets may soon take to the tracks….Talgo was at the center of a roiling debate after Gov. Scott Walker made opposition to a high-speed rail line from Madison to Milwaukee a centerpiece of his 2010 campaign...
Hawaii lawmakers vote to increase hourly minimum wage to $10.10  Reuters   ...Hawaii lawmakers voted late on Tuesday to raise the U.S. state's hourly minimum wage to $10.10 from the federal minimum $7.25 at a time of heated national debate over wages and rising income inequality.10.10...
New report exposes ALEC's influence in Kansas and Missouri  Progress Missouri   ...ALEC has lavished hundreds of thousands of dollars on Kansas and Missouri politicians and those trips have resulted in dozens of bills being introduced on behalf of ALEC’s corporate members...
More than 100 injured in Florida jail explosion  USA Today   ...An apparent gas explosion killed two and injured more than 100 people Wednesday night at the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Facility in northwestern Florida...
War On Workers
Union: Don't Force Retroactive Retirement Payments From Federal Workers  Washington Post   ...A federal labor organization says the federal government should not force workers to make retroactive retirement contributions after the government failed to collect them at the time the payments were due...
Faith Leaders Join Call For A Higher Minimum Wage  MSNBC   ...One day before the Senate is scheduled to vote on a proposed minimum wage hike, a broad coalition of religious leaders urged Congress to approve the measure in an open letter...
Miscellaneous
White House opens door to tolls on interstate highways, removing long-standing prohibition  Washington Post   ...With pressure mounting to avert a transportation funding crisis this summer, the Obama administration Tuesday opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways to raise revenue for roadway repairs...
There's One Thing Missing From The Plan To Prosecute Big Banks  Huffington Post   ...About five years too late, federal prosecutors are talking tough about cracking down on crimes by big banks. But their boasting so far leaves out one important thing: people...
Heath Care Spending Is On The Rise And That's A Good Thing  Think Progress   ...New federal health care data finds that health care spending increased by 9.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014, representing somewhat of a turnaround in the four-year slow down of health care spending...

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