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Today's Teamster News 08.12.15

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Hoffa: CEO Pay Rule Will Help Close Wage Gap  Detroit News   ...Those in favor of corporate disclosure won a hard-fought victory at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week when the agency finally decided to move ahead with a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law that requires companies to report the pay gap between CEOs and rank-and-file workers...
Sun Tran Worker Strike Now In Sixth Day, Still Going Strong  WTTU   ...On day six of the Sun Tran worker strike, the mood at Ronstadt Transit Center in downtown, Tucson was unity and solidarity...
Nearly 30 percent Of Loudoun County’s Commuter Bus Drivers May Strike  Loudoun Times Mirror   ...Nearly 30 percent of the county's public transit bus drivers may go on strike if their Teamsters union and Loudoun's commuter bus contractor, Transdev, can't reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement...
City Council Skips Closed Session Over For Police Contract Negotiations  Chicago Tribune   ...Teamsters Local 700 represents 10,000 public employees across the state of Illinois, including more than 5,000 law enforcement members, according to the union's website. Forty police officers and personnel from the Park Ridge Police Department voted to join the union in May 2014. After briefly reviewing a bargaining agreement for a three-year contract with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, which represents seven police sergeants in Park Ridge, city councilors decided to forgo an option to take the discussion into closed session, with some alderman stating that they failed to see the advantage in keeping the talks a secret...

Global Labor & Trade
Will Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Go Up In Smoke Over Anti-Tobacco Proposal?  Politico   ...Big Tobacco is pushing back against a strict anti-smoking provision in the massive Trans-Pacific trade deal — and it has enlisted the support of the most powerful Republican in the Senate...
The Ripple Effects Of China's Weakening Currency  The Atlantic   ...China devalued its currency for the second straight day, sending markets across the region sharply lower and raising fresh concerns about the health of the world’s second-largest economy...
TPP Protesters Descend On Parliament  Radio New Zealand   ...The group said it was conducting a nationwide search for the full text of the TPP trade deal, and started with the ministry's Auckland headquarters. Several members of the group went into the offices, equipped with giant magnifying glasses, to demand the Government release the full TPP text by the end of the month...

State & Living Wage Battles
Long Beach City Council Votes To Study Minimum Wage Hike  KPCC   ...The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to commission a study of the impact of raising the city's minimum wage - to even higher than the wage hike coming to Los Angeles...
New York State Officials Recover More Than $18.1 Million In Wages For Short-Changed Workers  New York Daily News   ...During the first six months of 2015, the state Labor Department recovered more than $18.1 million for nearly 19,000 workers who were not paid the proper minimum wage, overtime or fringe benefits, officials reported. The recoveries represented a 6% increase from the same time period in 2014 and put the state on pace to surpass last year’s record of $30.2 million...
More N.J. Public Employee Unions Join Lawsuit Against Christie Over Pay Freeze  NJ.com   ...The state's largest state workers union and three others have joined a lawsuit against the Christie administration over its decision to freeze wages for state employees...
Railroads Face Big Fines For Failure To Meet Federal Safety Deadline  Truthout   ...The Federal Railroad Administration plans to impose big penalties on railroads that fail to meet a year-end deadline to install a new collision avoidance system, including more than 70 percent of the nation's commuter railroads...
Scott Walker Signs Arena Deal, Handing $400 Million To Billionaire NBA Owners  Huffington Post  ...Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed legislation Wednesday that commits hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to a new arena for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, a move that could complicate the Republican presidential candidate’s efforts to paint himself as the most ardent small-government conservative in a crowded field...

U.S. Labor
Single Mothers ‘Most Likely’ To Benefit From Paid Overtime Expansion  Al Jazeera America   ...A proposal to extend overtime pay eligibility to millions of workers would have its biggest impact on single mothers and women of color, according to a study published Tuesday by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the advocacy group MomsRising...
Uber Drivers Could Earn Thousands In Benefits As Full-Time Employees  Forbes   ...According to a new analysis, Uber drivers in six major U.S. cities would receive paid holidays and health care benefits worth an average of $5,500 annually...
America Is Working Itself To Death: How “9 To 5″ Became “24/7″  Salon.com   ...The reality is, Americans don’t just work more than they have in the past, they work more than most of the industrialized world. It’s not exactly breaking news that we spend more hours at the office — or on the assembly line or behind the coffee counter — than our European peers. A 2004 study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found Americans work “50 percent more than do the Germans, French, and Italians.” More recent data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found that in 2014, Americans outworked several expected other countries, among them Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland and Austria, all countries that (coincidentally, I’m so sure) rank higher than us on the most recent World Happiness survey...

Social Justice & Other News
Black Poverty Differs From White Poverty  Washington Post   ...The poverty that poor African Americans experience is often different from the poverty of poor whites. It's more isolating and concentrated. It extends out the door of a family's home and occupies the entire neighborhood around it, touching the streets, the schools, the grocery stores. A poor black family, in short, is much more likely than a poor white one to live in a neighborhood where many other families are poor, too, creating what sociologists call the "double burden" of poverty. The difference is stark in most major metropolitan areas, according to new data analyzed by Rutgers University's Paul Jargowsky in a new report for the Century Foundation...
Teachers Union Lawsuit Over State Evaluation System May Go To Trial  Santa Fe New Mexican   ...State District Judge Francis Mathew of Santa Fe cleared the way Tuesday for a trial on whether New Mexico’s system of evaluating teachers should remain in place...
St. Louis County Police File Charges Against 3 Journalists One Year After Ferguson Protests  Think Progress   ...St. Louis County police are suddenly levying an onslaught of charges against journalists who covered the Ferguson protests last year, accusing them of minor offenses days before the statute of limitations is up. This week alone, three journalists have been charged for interfering with on-duty officers — a full year after their arrests. The recent developments follow an ongoing trend of criminalizing journalists for doing their jobs...
Teaching People Not To Be Corrupt Could Save Millions Of Lives  Think Progress   ...Corruption takes a particularly heavy toll in developing countries which lack the political and economic infrastructure to effectively regulate businesses. “In developing countries, corruption is a killer,” said David McNair of the advocacy organization ONE. “Up to 3.6 million lives could be saved if we end the web of secrecy that helps the criminal and corrupt. When governments are deprived of their own resources to invest in the essentials — like nurses and teachers — the human cost is devastating.”...
Black Activists Know Feds Are Monitoring Them, Yet Refuse to Be Intimidated  Alternet   ...When Erika Totten returned to protesting in the DC area after taking a few months off last winter, law enforcement officers were waiting to greet her...
Amnesty International Is Finally On The Right Side Of The Sex Work Struggle  The Nation   ...“We really hope that those who have opposed Amnesty’s position in the past will reconsider their position and look at the evidence that criminalization of sex work is a key factor in our vulnerability to violence and abuse,” Stevenson told me. “We hope that this evidence-based decision by Amnesty will help other progressive organizations take a position to support sex workers’ rights.”...
Don’t Blame Citizens United For Donald Trump; Blame 1976’s Buckley v. Valeo Decision  The Intercept   ...If you don’t think it’s fair that billionaires like Donald Trump can run their own self-funded campaigns for president, don’t blame the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Blame the 1976 case Buckley v. Valeo instead. Citizens United lets billionaires give unlimited money to Super PACs trying to elect other people, but billionaires have been able to give as much money as they wanted to their own campaigns since Buckley...
The Pentagon's Half-Billion Dollar Drone Boondoggle  The Intercept   ...Rivalry between the Army and Air Force over Predator drones may have cost the Pentagon over $500 million in wasteful spending, according to a report released under the Freedom of Information Act. The report, which the Pentagon’s Inspector General completed in 2010, is not available on the Defense Department’s public website, which instructs people to request it through the Freedom of Information Act. The Pentagon released a copy of the report to The Intercept this week, nearly five years after it was originally requested...

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