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Today's Teamster News 06.29.14

Teamsters
Teamsters contract with Washoe transit system expires Monday; extension possible  KRNV   ... "Contact talks between the company and the union have been making progress, although too much remains to finalize an agreement by midnight on Monday," Local 533 President Gary Watson, the union's lead negotiator said...
Trade
Anti-Fast Track/TPP Rallies And Events Next Week  Trade Reform   ...There will be a number of rallies and other events over the July 4 Congressional recess, focused on members of Congress in their home districts. These events will be to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the proposed “fast track” process that essentially bypasses Congress to get it signed into law...
State Battles
Tax cuts in Kansas have cost the state money — and job creation’s been terrible  Washington Post   ...job growth in Kansas has actually lagged behind the U.S. average, especially in the years following the first round of Brownback tax cuts in 2012...
War on Workers
Harris v. Quinn: Will the Supreme Court Abolish Public Sector Unions on Monday  naked capitalism   ...Joel Rogers, a professor of law and sociology at the University of Wisconsin, calls it “the most important labor law case the court has considered in decades...”
When a Health Plan Knows How You Shop  New York Times   ...The Pittsburgh health plan, for instance, has developed prediction models that analyze data like patient claims, prescriptions and census records to determine which members are likely to use the most emergency and urgent care … But the insurer recently bolstered its forecasting models with details on members’ household incomes, education levels, marital status, race or ethnicity, number of children at home, number of cars...
Housing Improving but Rental Crisis Looms  Mortgage News Daily   ...Tight credit, still elevated unemployment, and mounting student loan debt among young Americans are responsible for moderating growth and keeping millennials and other first-time homebuyers out of the market...
If Women Want Better Pay, They Should Support Unions  Huffington Post   ...Women in unions make 12.9 percent more, on average, than their non-union counterparts, according to the study. For women with just a high school diploma, that difference is 15 percent. Women in unions with a college degree make 13.4 percent more than their non-union colleagues, the study found...
Facebook Conducted Psychological Experiments On Unknowing Users  ThinkProgress   ...The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. was successful. It found that, indeed, manipulating the algorithm to show more “positive” posts in your news feed will actually inspire you to write more “positive” posts yourself...
Miscellaneous
The C.E.O. Is My Friend. So Back Off.  New York Times   ...when social relationships were disclosed as part of director-independence regulations, board members didn’t toughen their oversight of their chief-executive pals. Rather, the directors went easier on the C.E.O., perhaps believing that they had done their duty by disclosing the relationship...

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