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Today's Teamster News 06.12.13

NSA Leaker's Six-Figure Pay Should Spark Debate: Why Are Federal Workers Being Replaced With Pricier Contractors?  Forbes   ...Why is a 29-year-old high school drop-out making more as a low-level contractor than any senior manager in the federal government short of the President himself, and a very few other special category employees?...
Edward Snowden: Exhibit A for How Washington Blows Money on Contractors  The Atlantic   ...the government has outsourced huge chunks of its operations wholesale to private contractors like Booz Allen, particularly in the realm of intelligence gathering. And it's costing Washington untold billions every year...
Obama Hosts Peru’s Humala in Push for Pacific Trade Deal  Bloomberg   ...President Barack Obama called Peru one of the most reliable partners of the U.S. in the Western Hemisphere and said a Pacific region trade pact being negotiated will enhance the economic relationship...
Overdrafts accounted for 61% of bank fees in 2011, report finds  New York Times   ...Overdrafts accounted for 61 percent of the fees banking customers paid in 2011, according to a report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The bureau conservatively estimates that the banking industry made $12.6 billion in such fees...
Banks Seen as Aid in Fraud Against Older Consumers  New York Times   ...The pitch arrived, as so many do, with a friendly cold call. Bruno Koch, 83, told the telemarketer on the line that, yes, of course he would like to update his health insurance card. Then Mr. Koch, of Newport News, Va., slipped up: he divulged his bank account information. What happened next is all too familiar...
Federal agencies turning to UPS, Fed Ex instead of USPS for delivery needs  Washington Free Beacon   ...The U.S. Postal Service’s bottom line has been hit as the federal government has increased its contracts with publicly traded companies, and spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year for these services. The lion’s share of contracts has gone to  the United Parcel Service (UPS)...
Employers: Pay your interns. Labor Department: Bust them if they don’t!  Economic Policy Institute   ...At a time when the real value of the minimum wage is well below the levels of the 1960’s (making entry-level workers quite affordable), when the weak labor market is forcing college graduates in record numbers to take jobs that don’t require a college degree and entry level wages for college grads are already substantially below the levels of 10 years ago, the exploitation involved in not paying employees anything at all is shameful and economically dangerous...
When it comes to open records, ALEC needs to be put in its place  Cap Times   ...Communications with Wisconsin legislators are open records under the state's long-standing openness laws and for good reason. Citizens have a right to know who is influencing the conduct and actions of their elected representatives...
Walmart CEO Mike Duke, Other Execs Face Dissent In Shareholder Vote  Huffington Post   ...Wal-Mart's final shareholder vote for its board of directors showed another year of dissent against key executives and directors, including its CEO Mike Duke, as the company deals with the fallout from overseas bribery allegations...
Residents shut out of packed Detroit emergency manager meeting; Reporters tossed out  Michigan Live   ...(Emergency Manager Kevyn) Orr ... spoke in the meeting about making full use of either his broad powers under the state emergency manager law or Chapter 9 bankruptcy to address the city’s finances...
Bill would give Michigan college grads tax credits for student loans  Central Michigan Life   ...A new bill working its way through the state Legislature in Lansing would give college graduates an income tax credit if they continue to live in Michigan...
OSHA targets industrial truck safety  FleetOwner   ...OSHA is launching a new program in Idaho that will emphasize safety when working with industrial trucks like forklifts and lift trucks. Investigations will begin this month identifying and evaluating hazards associated with using these trucks...
Foreclosure abuse victims in Virginia to get checks  Associated Press  ...Checks are going out this week to more than 22,500 Virginians participating in the national mortgage foreclosure settlement, said Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli...
Davidson County judge blocks Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to lay off state workers Chattanooga Times Free Press ...Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to lay off more than 200 state workers this month struck a pothole late Monday afternoon when a Davidson County judge issued a temporary restraining order after state employees filed suit...
Record Temperatures Bring Reminders of Heat-Related Illness from Cal/OSHA  EHS Today   ...With parts of California experiencing record-breaking temperatures, with some highs in in the triple digits, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers and employees of ways to beat the heat...
Teamsters Lead The Charge On Behalf Of Women  Teamsters Canada   ...The Teamsters Union has decided to lead the charge on behalf of pregnant women whose jobs are governed by the Canada Labour Code. The union wants to ensure that these women continue to be paid if they have to take a preventive withdrawal...

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