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Today's Teamster News 07.10.14

Teamster News
Buy American: It Makes Dollars And Sense  Detroit News   ...a proposed 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal could take away the federal government’s ability to enforce a law allowing it to favor American companies when purchasing goods...
Chelsea City Employees Get 2 Percent Raises, City Manager's Contract Extended  Chelsea Standard   ...Police Officer's Association of Michigan (POAM) and Teamsters Local 214 recently negotiated with the city, in closed sessions, and have reached collective bargaining agreements for fiscal year 2014-15...
Truckers Strike Briefly Shuts 4 Terminals At L.A., Long Beach Ports  Los Angeles Times   ...On Tuesday picket lines moved to some port terminals ... In a brief escalation of the day-old strike, dockworkers walked off the job at the Evergreen, APL and Yusen terminals in Los Angeles around 9 a.m., and at the Long Beach Container Terminal an hour later...
Labor Dispute Briefly Shuts LA, Long Beach Ports  Grand Island Independent   ...Nearly 1,000 dockworkers briefly walked off their jobs Tuesday at the massive ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, disrupting the movement of international cargo before a mediator ordered them back..
Union Workers Picket Outside EVSC Administration Building  WTVW  ...Teamsters Local 215 members take an old school approach to grab attention and a few honks...
GET Drivers Poised To Strike Next Week  Bakersfield Californian   ...Bakersfield public bus drivers are poised to walk off the job Tuesday unless there is a breakthrough in labor contract negotiations. Members of Visalia-based Teamsters Local #517 voted Sunday to authorize a strike, half a dozen drivers with Golden Empire Transit District said...
Teamsters locals sued over ‘illegal strikes’  Post-Tribune   ...International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 142 in Gary and Local 179 in Joliet, Illinois, used several strikes in 2012 to get Roberts Pipeline to use Teamsters members on its construction projects, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond...
Trade
U.S. International Goods and Services  Bureau of Economic Analysis   ...total May exports of $195.5 billion and imports of $239.8 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $44.4 billion, down from $47.0 billion in April,  revised... 
State Battles
Why is Wisconsin lagging other states on jobs? (opinion)  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel   ... well over 400,000 Wisconsin workers were forced to cut their spending significantly. Some of that reduced spending would have been on goods produced elsewhere ... But much of that reduced spending would have been on locally produced services — restaurant meals, trips to the Dells and hair salon appointments — reducing job growth in Wisconsin. That's where the job gap shows up — in about 30,000 fewer private service-sector jobs than expected, over the past three years...
Courtroom Drama: Voting Rights Paid for in Blood Under Siege in North Carolina  American Prospect   ...Glazier laid out how his Republican colleagues—with almost no study or debate—stripped away more than a decade’s worth of reforms that had dramatically increased ballot access for African Americans...
L.A. Hotel Workers Could Get $15.37 An Hour - The Highest Minimum Wage In The U.S.  CNN Money   ...Now, Los Angeles hotel workers might be outdoing them all with the country's highest minimum wage: $15.37 an hour, thanks to a new city ordinance that is expected to pass by Labor Day...
War On Workers
Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers  New York Times   ...Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that houses the personal information of all federal employees, according to senior American officials...
Corporate Tax Behavior So Bad Even Fortune Magazine Can’t Stomach It  American Prospect   ...There is “a new kind of American corporate exceptionalism...: companies that have decided to desert our country to avoid paying taxes but expect to keep receiving the full array of benefits that being American confers, and that everyone else is paying for...
Is wage stagnation keeping homebuyers away?  Housing Wire   ...In Atlanta, asking prices rose 15.7% while wages only rose 0.8%. In Bakersfield, California, asking prices rose 13.9% while wages actually dropped by 0.3%...
Is Uber Above The Law? Probably Not  Bloomberg Businessweek   ...The Virginia and Ann Arbor showdowns come amid an escalating series of legislative skirmishes on both sides of the Atlantic, with divergent results. Last week, Pittsburgh judges issued their own cease-and-desist instruction to Uber and Lyft, while a London agency rejected a complaint against the companies brought by taxi drivers, granting Uber a reprieve until courts rule on legal challenges to their operation later this year...
How Corporate Tax Cheats Still Get Billions In Government Business  Think Progress   ...Despite supposed bans on companies that move offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes getting federal contracts, more than a dozen large off-shored companies get more than $1 billion a year from government work, according to a Bloomberg News investigation...
Miscellaneous
NSA Spied On Five Politically Active Citizens, The Intercept Reports  Huffington Post   ...The National Security Agency spied on five American citizens despite a lack of any finding that they posed a threat to national security, The Intercept, an investigative outlet co-founded by Greenwald, is reporting Wednesday...
US military studied how to influence Twitter users in Darpa-funded research  The Guardian   ...The activities of users of Twitter and other social media services were recorded and analysed as part of a major project funded by the US military, in a program that covers ground similar to Facebook’s controversial experiment into how to control emotions by manipulating news feeds...

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