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Today's Teamster News 06.10.15

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Teamsters Rally at Republic Airways Shareholders Meeting  Teamster.org  ...Today, Republic Airways pilots and their families rallied outside the company's annual shareholders meeting in Indianapolis. The pilots, members of Teamsters Local 357, are calling on shareholders to pressure Republic CEO Bryan Bedford to quickly reach an agreement that includes fair pay and benefits and reflects changes that have occurred in the airline industry since the last contract was signed in 2003...
Trade Adjustment Assistance Bill Fails Public Sector Workers, Raids Medicare  Teamster.org  ...In a letter sent to House representatives today, the Teamsters joined eight other labor unions in expressing their opposition to a bill that would renew Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) without protecting millions of public sector workers while raiding Medicare for funding. Public sector workers, who were included under the 2009 TAA renewal, will be left vulnerable if any future trade agreements lead to the offshoring of their jobs...
Hoffa: Overworking truckers is dangerous  Detroit News  ...Highways across Michigan and the U.S. have become increasingly dangerous for motorists. And that will only get worse if Congress approves a transportation spending bill that effectively keeps the suspension of rules in place that allow truck drivers to work longer hours, that permits larger double-trailers and that prevents the U.S. Department of Transportation from raising minimum insurance standards that have been frozen in place for the last three decades...
The Plan to Cut Truck Traffic By Changing How Trash Haulers Do Business  StreetsBlog  ...In the past five years, at least six New Yorkers have been killed, and many others injured, by truck drivers working for private trash haulers. Labor and environmental advocates have a plan they say will reduce these deaths by cutting down on inefficiencies in private trucking routes. “No driver out there wants to break the law,” said Plinio Cruz, who has worked as a trash hauler for 10 years and is an organizer with Teamsters Joint Council 16...
Teamsters And GardaWorld Cash Services Tentative Agreement Ratified   Teamsters Local 362  ...On June 4 a new collective agreement was ratified for GardaWorld Cash Services workers affiliated with the Teamsters Union. Ballots indicated that 93.5 percent of workers voted in favour of the new proposal. Over 450 workers are represented at GardaWorld Cash Services across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba...
Union Protects Andrew Distribution Members' Benefits, Working Conditions  Teamsters Local 727  ...Teamsters Local 727 secured a two-year contract extension for Andrew Distribution drivers and clerical workers. The agreement includes annual bonuses and employer-paid benefit increases for Local 727 Health & Welfare and Legal & Educational Assistance Benefits while protecting all other current working conditions and job security clauses. Members ratified the agreement, which expires May 1, 2017...
Republic Airways teamsters rally for new contracts  WISHTV  ...Republic Airways pilots and their families rallied outside the company’s shareholders meeting in Indianapolis on Tuesday. The slow progress of contract negotiations between employees and one airline has caused several to voice their frustrations. Members of the Teamsters local 357 and employees of Republic Airways attended the rally...

Global Labor & Trade
GOP aiming for Friday trade vote, but snag remains  Politico  ...House leaders, confident but not yet certain they have the support to pass sweeping trade legislation, are aiming to bring the package to a floor vote by the end of this week — even as they rush to resolve a last-minute hangup over how to pay for aid to displaced workers. The vote to grant President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a massive Pacific Rim trade deal will be extremely tight...
Survey: Obama's Trade Proposal a Tough Sell for Most Americans  NBC  ...Despite a heavy push by President Barack Obama for a sweeping multinational trade deal, a majority of Americans echo the concerns of labor unions and a number of Democratic members of Congress that the trade accord will negatively impact U.S. workers and companies. Two-thirds of Americans say protecting American industries and jobs by limiting imports is more important than allowing free trade...
Unions, Seniors Groups Urge Congress Not To Cut Medicare To Fund Trade Assistance  Huff Post  ...An already difficult road for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the House of Representatives got bumpier on Monday, as controversial Medicare cuts were brought into the mix. Labor unions and senior citizens' groups are launching efforts to lobby House members against a bill that includes $700 million in proposed cuts to Medicare reimbursements for doctors and hospitals. The cuts would be used to fund a $2.5 billion extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance funding...
U.S. Shifts Stance on Drug Pricing in Pacific Trade Pact Talks, Document Reveals  New York Times  ...Facing resistance from its Pacific trading partners, the Obama administration is no longer demanding protection for pharmaceutical prices under the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to a newly leaked “transparency” annex of the proposed trade accord. But American negotiators are still pressing participating governments to open up the process that sets reimbursement rates for drugs and medical devices...
House Expected to Vote Wednesday to Repeal Country-of-Origin Meat Labels Due to a Trade Agreement Provision That Is Replicated in the TPP  Public Citizen  ...The threat to consumer laws posed by the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will be on full display Wednesday when the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass legislation to repeal the U.S. policy requiring country-of-origin labels on meat sold here. This law is just the latest in a string of U.S. policies that have been repealed or weakened to comply with provisions in previous trade agreements that also are included in the current draft of the TPP deal...
Meet RCEP, a Trade Agreement in Asia That's Even Worse Than TPP or ACTA  EFF  ...If we described TISA as a treaty you've never heard of, RCEP has been even more obscure. RCEP can be compared with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), except that rather than being driven by the United States, it is being driven by the ten-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), with the addition of their trading partners from the broader Asia-Pacific region including most notably India and China, who are absent from the TPP pact...
New EIA Report Details Trade Deal Failure to Support the Environment  Huff Post  ...On June 4, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) published a new briefing paper that demonstrates how free trade agreements fail to lift up environmental standards. Their report, focused on the failure to enforce environmental obligations in the U.S.-Peru trade pact, is particularly timely given that proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal have claimed that its still-secret environment chapter will lift up environmental safeguards...
Supporting NAFTA Was the Kiss of Death for Democrats --Why Dems Should Think Twice About Voting for TPP  Alternet  ...t’s serious flashback time for those involved in the 1993 debate over the North America Free Trade Agreement. With the “fast track” trade vote expected as early as this Thursday, a Democratic president is once again twisting arms and dangling rewards in a desperate effort to muster votes for a corporate-driven trade deal...
Argentina strike: Transport hit by second major walkout  BBC News  ...A major transport strike in Argentina has brought parts of the country to a standstill as unions protest against high taxes and inflation. The 24-hour walkout - the second in three months - affects bus, train, plane and underground services. Swathes of the capital Buenos Aires ground to a halt after people were unable to reach their jobs...
Cambodia’s Draft Union Law ‘A Major Step Backward’  Solidarity Center  ...Cambodia’s draft trade union law would violate the right to organize and be a major step backward for workers, Human Rights Watch said yesterday in a letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. The Cambodian government has told the media that the trade union law will be enacted in 2015, but has not made a draft public nor provided opportunities for feedback from workers, unions or the public...

State & Living Wage Battles
State Officials Deciding How Voter ID Law Will Work At Polls  WFMY  ...The State Board of Elections held a public hearing in Winston-Salem Tuesday night to get feedback from voters about how the voter ID law should work at the polls. The board of elections has a proposed list of rules that voters got to comment on during the two-hour hearing. "Voting is fundamental, it's extremely important. We take it very seriously, it's what we do every day. It doesn't surprise us that folks have feelings that run deep on these issues"...
The real story behind Scott Walker’s war on higher education  Salon  ...On its face, today’s Wisconsin story appears to be about budgets and entitlement. Citing the need to save money, the Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature at the end of May voted 12-4 to cut $250 million from the university’s budget and eliminate tenure from state law, enabling the governor-appointed Board of Regents to fire professors whenever they declared it time to “redirect” a program...
The People Who Clean Our Homes And Care For Our Children Just Won Big  Think Progress  ...Last week, domestic workers — those who care for children and clean inside people’s homes — won two surprise victories securing more rights in Connecticut and Oregon. Oregon has considered a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights for many years, but then last week it gained traction. Connecticut’s bill is a good deal narrower...
County Board passes resolution opposing 'right to work'  Web Times  ...The La Salle County Board overwhelmingly expressed its opposition to "right to work" laws by passing a resolution with a 23 to 2 vote. Before the meeting, a crowd gathered outside of the Ottawa Knights of Columbus in support of the resolution...
Walmart Raised Wages In April. It’s Already Seeing The Benefits.  Think Progress  ...After it raised wages for employees in April, Walmart said on Friday that it’s already seen lower turnover and an increase in job applicants. “Our job applications are going up and we are seeing some relief in turnover,” CEO Doug McMillon said at a media briefing after its annual shareholders meeting. The company’s performance has been suffering recently thanks to understaffed stores, among other things...
LA City Council Expected To Give Final Vote On Minimum Wage Ordinance  CBS  ...Members of the Los Angeles City Council are expected to make a final vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years. If the ordinance receives unanimous approval, wage increases will take place on the first of July each year...

U.S. Labor
Applebee’s Is Trying To Limit Workers’ Ability to Sue the Company When Their Wages Are Stolen  In These Times  ...Workers in the restaurant industry are routinely the victims of wage theft. For workers without a union, suing the company is one of the few ways to recover those wages. But a legal fight led by the restaurant chain Applebee’s against the National Labor Relations Board is aiming to further limit workers’ ability to sue the company over disputes on the job...
Chipotle is Giving Their Hourly Employees Paid Sick Leave, Vacation Time, and a College Reimbursement  Alternet  ...In addition to sick leave and vacation, workers will also be eligible for tuition reimbursements. A spokeswoman for the company announced that Chipotle will reimburse 90% of tuition and fees up to the IRS's $5,250 per calendar year limit. These benefits will be offered to all hourly employees after one year of work and to managers and salaried employees without any wait...
Striking Texas refinery workers say reach tentative pact with Marathon  KFGO  ...Negotiators for Marathon Petroleum Corp and union workers at the company’s Galveston Bay, Texas, refinery reached a tentative agreement on Monday for a four-year contract, pointing to the end of a walkout that has lasted four months, said local union officials. Before strikers can leave their picket lines outside the 451,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Texas City, Texas, United Steelworkers union (USW) Local 13-1 and Marathon will have to complete a return-to-work agreement and union members will have to vote on the contract...
SEIU Local 668 ratifies one-year contract benefiting thousands of workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania  Times Leader  ...Pennsylvania’s second-largest Service Employees International Union on Monday ratified a one-year contract covering nearly 2,000 workers in five local counties. Approved by a “significant margin,” the contract agreed to by SEIU Local 668 guarantees a freeze on health care benefits, a 2.25 percent step increase, and preservation of future bargaining rights, according to union president Tom Herman...
AFSCME members rally as contract with state nears expiration   State Journal-Register  ...In advance of the deadline, the union has planned more than 100 public events across the state this week to raise awareness about services provided by state employees and to urge support for a new contract. According to an AFSCME bargaining bulletin obtained by The State Journal-Register in May, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is seeking "deep cuts to health insurance benefits" that the union said could drive up employee costs by more than 500 percent...

Miscellaneous
Mortgage Lender CEO Will Pay $1 Million Out Of His Own Pocket To Resolve Charges He Bilked Clients  Think Progress  ...Despite saying he did nothing wrong, a mortgage lending executive has agreed to make a personal $1 million fine payment as part of a $20 million settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over allegations that he paid his employees to bilk their clients. RPM Mortgage CEO Robert Hirt will pay a million-dollar penalty out of his own pocket, and another $1 million fine will come from the corporate treasury...
By the numbers: US police kill more in days than other countries do in years  The Guardian  ...Looking at our data for the US against admittedly less reliable information on police killings elsewhere paints a dramatic portrait, and one that resonates with protests that have gone global since a killing last year in Ferguson, Missouri: the US is not just some outlier in terms of police violence when compared with countries of similar economic and political standing...

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