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Today's Teamster News 06.18.14

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Assemblyman joins Teamsters in Taylor Farms protest  Tracy News   ...call for worker equality was shouted outside Taylor Farms Pacific on MacArthur Drive on Thursday by members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The group gathered in large numbers to protest the alleged mistreatment of company employees...
Obama sides with Teamsters in employment non-discrimination order  TeamsterNation   ...President Obama today is signing an order forbidding federal contractors from discriminating against employees because of their sexual orientation, a policy supported by the Teamsters Union...
Teamster Women's Conference To Be Held September 4-6  teamster.org   ...The 2014 Teamster Women's Conference will be held September 4-6, 2014 in Chicago. For details about this conference, click here...
Trade
Trade deals, Investment Treaties and the Death of Democracy – How companies sue whole nations and win.  Golem XIV   ...there is a growing discontent and a determination to question mainstream assurances and find new answers...
State Battles
GDP Numbers Confirm Wisconsin’s Lagging Growth  WI Budget Project   ...Wisconsin’s GDP growth of 4.5% over the last three years has been well below the national average of 6.1%...
A $13.13 Minimum Wage Means 1.2 Million NYers Earn An Extra $100/Week Gothamist ...New York's $8/hour ($9 by 2016) continues to be the lowest of any major city, a fact noted by Comptroller Scott Stringer, who just released a report [PDF] detailing the effects of raising the minimum wage in the city to $13.13/hour: 1.2 million New Yorkers would receive an extra $100/week...
Princeton considering ordinance to protect workers from wage theft The Star-Ledger ...Those seeking landscaping permits to do work in Princeton will first need to acknowledge federal and state wage theft laws pertaining to their employees if the governing body adopts an ordinance that ties the two together...
War on Workers
A Small Increase in Inflation Squeezes U.S. Workers  New York Times   ...Average hourly earnings for private sector American workers rose about 49 cents an hour over the last year, to $24.38 in May. But that wasn’t enough to cover inflation over the year, so in real or inflation-adjusted terms, hourly worker pay fell 0.1 percent over the last 12 months...
A manager agrees – bargaining is better (opinion)  Fort Wayne Journal Gazette   ...The most important and consistent feature of collective bargaining is not disagreement about work rules or compensation – it is problem-solving. ..
The US Chemical Safety Board's Turmoil Is Playing With Public Safety  truthout   ...Inside this fight is a tale of ambition, manipulation and personal games that put public safety and the prevention of chemical accidents at risk...
Fed Issues Surreptitious SNAP Payments to Bankster Welfare Queens At Taxpayer Expense   Wall Street Examiner   ...This is a direct giveaway to the banks at the expense of US taxpayers. The banks will shift as much of their excess cash as they can, subject to the $10 billion per bank limit, from their regular deposit accounts at the Fed (aka reserves) to these higher interest paying term deposits. This is cash which the Fed has given them for free in the first place...
Raise the Minimum Wage to Help Economy, IMF Tells U.S. NBC News ...The International Monetary Fund released its annual review of the U.S. economy on Monday and called on the U.S. to raise its federal minimum wage rate...
Uber Drivers Protest Their Dick Boss  Gawker   ...They're not just protesting autonomous taxis. Uber's drivers say "they feel exploited, don't earn enough money and are taken for granted."...

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