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Today's Teamster News 07.05.14

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Liberal’s Martinez meets Teamsters’ President  Leader & Times   ...Local union representative and state delegate Tony Martinez, Liberal, Kans., who is with Union Pacific Railroad, recently travelled to Las Vegas for the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Convention to elect a president of the railroad division...
City settles 2-year contract with Teamsters union representing Community Maintenance Department workers  The Herald News   ...Teamsters Local Union 251, which represents Community Maintenance Department employees, has settled a two-year contract with the city that nets workers a 5 percent wage increase...
Trade
4th of July fireworks brought to you by China  Politico   ...The industry’s shift to Chinese production came about shortly after the United States and China reestablished trade ties in 1979. By the early 1990s, the country was generating more than $60 million in annual sales from pyrotechnic exports to the United States. By 2013, the United States was importing $213 million worth of fireworks — virtually all from China...
Let’s Just Pretend We Didn’t Offshore Manufacturing  Public Citizen   ...Under the proposal, U.S. firms that have offshored their production abroad – like Apple – would become “factoryless goods” manufacturers.  The foreign factories that actually manufacture the goods – like the notorious iPhone-producing Foxconn factories in China – would no longer be manufacturers, but “service” providers for the rebranded “manufacturing” firms like Apple...
Who is Foreign Aid For? Foreigners or U.S. Corporations?  Mish's Global Economic Analysis   ...The United States will withhold the Millennium Challenge Compact aid deal, approximately $277 million in aid, unless El Salvador purchases genetically-modified seeds from biotech giant, Monsanto...
War on Workers
Paying Employees to Stay, Not to Go  New York Times   ...In-N-Out Burger, the chain based in California, pays all its employees at least $10.50 an hour, while Shake Shack, the trendy, lines-out-the-door burger emporium, has minimum pay of $9.50. Moo Cluck Moo, a fledgling company with two hamburger joints in Michigan, starts everyone at $15. These companies’ founders were intent on paying their workers more than the going rate partly because they wanted to do the right thing, they said, and partly because they thought this would help their companies thrive long term...
The Recovery Turns Five, Part 2  Economic Policy Institute   ...The unemployment rate is between 1.2 and 1.7 times as high now as it was seven years ago for all age, education, occupation, industry, gender, and racial and ethnic groups. ..
58% of Jobs Created in 2014 Pay Over $24 an Hour  The Big Picture   ...More than half the jobs created in 2014 so far pay more than $24.45 an hour...
EPIC Challenges Facebook's Manipulation of Users, Files FTC Complaint  EPIC   ...EPIC has filed a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission concerning Facebook's manipulation of users' News Feeds for psychological research...
CIA employee’s quest to release information ‘destroyed my entire career’  Washington Post   ...He was confronted by supervisors and accused of mishandling classified information while assembling his FOIA request. His house was raided by the FBI and his family’s computers seized. Stripped of his job and his security clearance, Scudder said he agreed to retire last year after being told that if he refused, he risked losing much of his pension...

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