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Today's Teamster News 06.27.14

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Supreme Court Ruling Forces NLRB to Scramble to Revisit Cases  Wall Street Journal   ...The Supreme Court ruling that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority in 2012 by appointing three people to the National Labor Relations Board kicks off a scramble by the current board to revisit hundreds of labor decisions made while the now-departed appointees were seated...The company, a division of Noel Corp. of Yakima, Wash., argued the recess appointments were invalid, leaving the NLRB without a quorum when it made the bottler comply with a Teamsters collective-bargaining agreement...
Supreme Court Rebukes Obama on Right of Appointment  New York Times   ...At the same time, the court largely reinstated an uneasy, centuries-long accommodation between the executive branch and the Senate, in which recess appointments were allowed during more substantial breaks...
EVSC employee groups represented by Teamsters Local 215 have until noon Friday to accept 'final offer'  Evansville Courier & Press   ...Teamsters Local 215 have until noon Friday to accept the EVSC School Board's final offer...
Ulster RRA Approves New Contract With Teamster Employees  Mid Hudson News   ...The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency Board has approved a four-year contract with Teamsters Local 445. The last agreement between the workers and the RRA expired at the end of 2012...
Twinsburg Teamster's Union To See 3% Raises Under New Contract  Twinsburg Bulletin   ...The union employees of the city's wastewater treatment department will see three percent raises to their hourly wages under a new contract approved between the city and Teamsters Local No. 436....
Fed-Up Uber Drivers Give Company Policies A One-Star Rating  LAist   ...A large group of Uber drivers, their family members and teamsters gathered in front of the company's office in Santa Monica on Tuesday to protest what they called a "general lack of communication, arbitrary treatment and unfair business practices." They're also lobbying for state legislation that they say would protect their livelihoods...
Trade
Trans-Pacific Partnership (NAFTA On Steroids) Threatens Sovereignty  The New American   ...Of all the weapons aimed at our freedom and founding documents, though, there is perhaps none more potent than the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)...
State Battles
New York’s Ban on Big Sodas Is Rejected by Final Court  New York Times   ...The Bloomberg big-soda ban is officially dead...
With Minimum Wage Increase Accomplished, Massachusetts Labor Activists Turn To Campaign For Earned Sick Time  MassLive   ...The Legislature passed, and Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to sign, a bill raising the state's minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2017....
Wisconsin second only to Alabama in cuts to education funding, study shows  The Cap Times   ...Spending per pupil in Wisconsin was down $1,038 from 2008 for the school year just ended. Alabama cut per-pupil spending by $1,242...
Lawyer clarifies Walker not target  Politico   ...“At the time the investigation was halted, Governor Walker was not a target of the investigation,” Schmitz lawyer Randall Crocker wrote in a one-page statement...
LePage includes Social Security among ‘welfare’ programs  Portland Press Herald   ...He also puts Medicare and jobless aid in that category while arguing that Maine’s personal-income ranking would be better if such federal payments were excluded...
Secrecy in Pensions Triggers Legislative Brawl in North Carolina  Bloomberg   ...(North Carolina Treasurer Janet) Cowell, a 45-year-old Democrat, opposed a bill by the State Employees Association of North Carolina to require more disclosure about deals with Wall Street firms hired to manage alternatives to stocks and bonds for the $87 billion pension she controls...
War On Workers
What’s at Stake in Harris v. Quinn  Economic Policy Institute   ...The Supreme Court is about to issue a decision on a case that could hit working people—especially working women—right in the paycheck. Harris v. Quinn is about isolating individual workers so they are weak and unable to protect themselves in a labor market that fails to reward their hard work...
Oakland emails give another glimpse into the Google-Military-Surveillance Complex  Pando Daily   ...The “Domain Awareness Center” (DAC) — a federally funded project that, if built as planned, would link up real time audio and video feeds from thousands of sensors across the city — including CCTV cameras in public schools and public housing projects, as well as Oakland Police Department mobile license plate scanners ... city officials were more interested in using DAC’s surveillance capabilities to monitor political protests rather than fighting crime. The evidence was abundant and overwhelming: in email after email, Oakland officials had discussed the DAC usefulness for keeping tabs on activists, monitoring non-violent political protests and minimize port disruption due to union/labor strikes...
'We Need Respect: Meet The New 'Rosie The Riveters'  Washington Post   ...From the cashier at the Pentagon Dunkin’ Donuts to the custodian at Union Station, working women, mothers and grandmothers from about 50 companies that do business with the federal government marched to call for higher wages and the right to unionize...
Ikea Will Raise The Minimum Wage For Its American Workers  Think Progress   ...Ikea will announce Thursday a plan to raise its average minimum wage at U.S. stores to $10.76 an hour, a 17 percent increase over the current wage...
Consumer Inflation Hits Highest Level Since 2012, Near Fed’s 2% Target  Wall Street Journal   ...The price index for personal consumption expenditures — the Fed’s preferred gauge — advanced 1.8% in May from a year earlier, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That was the highest level since October 2012 and a stark pickup from February when annual inflation stood at just 0.8%...
Miscellaneous
Pilots To Begin Contract Negotiations With American in July  SkyTalk   ...American Airlines and its pilots union have agreed to begin contract talks on July 8, the union said on Tuesday. The Allied Pilots Association, which represents American's pilots, said it plans to tackle challenging issues in the contract talks with management...
Union Group Hits $10B Goal, Has Money To Lend On U.S. Infrastructure  Denver Post   ...One of the nation's largest trade union federations announced Tuesday at The Clinton Global Initiative in Denver it has raised $10 billion for investment in America's built infrastructure that it pledged in 2011...

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