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Today's Teamster News 06.11.13

Class of 2013: All Dressed Up and No Place to Work  Alternet   ...the past four years of high unemployment numbers represent the worst economy the country has suffered in 70 years, and young adults are shouldering a hefty part of the burden...
Why a Romney economic adviser wants the government to just hire people  Washington Post   ..."Direct hiring, or a direct subsidy for hiring, could save taxpayers a fortune. And it could save a life"...
The Great Gerrymander of 2012 (opinion)  New York Times   ...Democrats received 1.4 million more votes for the House of Representatives, yet Republicans won control of the House by a 234 to 201 margin...
Shining a Light on the Wage Gap  Huffington Post  ...When the Equal Pay Act (EPA) was passed 50 years ago, discrimination was, in many ways, openly accepted in the workplace and women were expected to earn less than men in the same jobs. The EPA signed by President John F. Kennedy on June 10, 1963, helped to reduce this type of blatant employment discrimination, but it is still present and the wage gap persists...
If the NSA Trusted Edward Snowden With Our Data, Why Should We Trust the NSA?  Slate   ...he’s the IT guy, and not a very accomplished, experienced one at that...But he was given access way beyond what even a supergeek should have gotten...
‘Buy American’ campaign would save U.S. jobs (opinion)  Portland Press Herald   ...If the federal government required soldiers and airmen to wear American-made athletic shoes, jobs would be created in Maine...
Understaffed police ask East Bay garbage collectors, postal workers to keep eye out for crime Mercury News   ...Garbage truck driver Juan Gallo sees his share of trouble in the course of his work on Antioch's streets. But he was surprised to learn how few police officers are patrolling the city at any one time, which has prompted Antioch Police Department to reach out to the city's garbage disposal provider, Republic Services Inc., as well as the U.S. Postal Service...
More 'Moral Monday' arrests at General Assembly  ABC WTVD-TV   ...Moral Monday drew another large crowd in the thousands and also some attention from Washington. Close to 100 were arrested including Charlotte Observer reporter Tim Funk, who was hauled off to jail despite press identification around his neck...
72,000 Michigan homeowners may receive payout after deceptive mortgage settlement  Detroit Free Press   ...Nearly 72,000 Michigan residents who lost a home to foreclosure in recent years will soon find a check in the mail for about $1,480 as a result of last year’s $25-billion landmark settlement between 49 state attorneys general and the country’s five largest mortgage-servicing companies...
Mass. lawmakers to weigh hike in minimum wage  Associated Press   ...A large turnout is expected for a Statehouse hearing that will consider legislation to raise the minimum wage, which has been at $8 an hour since 2008 and is not adjusted automatically for inflation...
Dems speak out against proposed ‘right-to-work’ measures  Athens News   ...State Rep. Debbie Phillips, a Democrat from Albany, has joined others in her party in slamming so-called "right to work" legislation that Ohio Republicans want to bring to the ballot box...
Sunsweet Workers Unite For A Fair Contract  IBT   ...Jeff Fry recently rallied outside the Sunsweet Growers facility in Yuba City, Calif., along with hundreds of his co-workers in a powerful showing of unity...
BLET Safety Task Force Dispatched To Major Accidents During May  BLET   ...In May, the BLET National Division dispatched members of its Safety Task Force to the scene of three major incidents throughout the United States...