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Today's Teamster News 08.16.13

Teamsters National Black Caucus Celebrates Its Fifth Annual Women’s Day  IBT   ...At the beginning of the TNBC’s fifth annual Women’s Day, a special tribute to the late Coretta Scott King, a Freedom Fighter and wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was the highlight of the morning. In Atlanta, Georgia, home of the Civil Rights movement, a sea of red shirts filled the hotel ballroom as TNBC delegates observed Women’s Day with inspiring speeches, recognitions and a special luncheon...
Teamsters Mourn the Deaths of UPS Flight Crew in Recent Crash  IBT   ...The Teamsters Union extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the pilots lost in the crash of UPS Flight 1354 on Aug. 14...
The Union Edge Reports on Teamsters Paratransit Organizing  Union Edge   ...Teamsters are driving up standards in the school bus and transit industry, with a notable win for workers at Keolis, a global transit company. The Union Edge radio program interviews Patrick Kelly, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 952 in Orange, Calif., and Kizza Doby, a paratransit driver with Keolis. Doby and his Keolis coworkers recently came together to join Local 952. Listen here...
Transit restoration plan presented, citizens vocal about impact of Teamsters strike  Lake County Record-Bee   ...Dana Spahn sat in her wheelchair across from the Lake Transit Board of Directors with the adjustable microphone as low as it went and talked about the difficulties of getting around the county without a bus running near her Lakeport home. Spahn, like many people, have been impacted by the labor dispute between Paratransit Services and Teamsters Local 665...
Whitaker expands police force while Teamster negotiations continue  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ...The Whitaker council in Pennsylvania hired three new part-time police officers on Wednesday, but some residents remain skeptical that the move will make a difference in combatting crime. Meanwhile, the borough's police contract negotiations with Teamsters Local 205 are still underway…
No E-ZPass? You could pay more under new plan  Telegram & Gazette   ...A proposed $100 million electronic tolling system would charge a higher rate for drivers who don't use a transponder when traveling on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Teamsters Local 127 represents the turnpike's toll collectors...
The Free-Trade Job-Loss Express Is Coming Straight At Us  TradeReform   ...The giant multinationals are pushing a trade deal that will literally let them bypass our laws. ..
MBAs Without Borders  In These Times   ...Critics of the TPP, which is shaping up to be the most business-friendly trade agreement in American history, have taken to calling it “NAFTA on steroids...
NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds  Washington Post   ...The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents...
Congressman Doesn’t Believe White Collar Crime On Wall Street Exists  ThinkProgress   ...There’s no such thing as financial crime, according to Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)...
Food Stamps Avoided By Millions Of Eligible Americans  Huffington Post   ...Republicans say too many Americans that receive food stamps fraudulently could just get jobs instead. But roughly a quarter of Americans eligible for federal nutrition assistance don't sign up for it. The Department of Agriculture says that in 2010, nearly 51 million Americans were poor enough to qualify but only 38 million received benefits. So why don't the rest enroll?...
To Preserve Social Security, Protect Voting Rights (opinion)  Huffington Post   ...It's no coincidence that the same folks out to restrict voting rights are busy trying to privatize Social Security. The Koch and corporate funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been promoting politicians who practice voter suppression and Safety Net shredding for years now...
Study finds that student loan debt reduces lifetime wealth  Bay State Banner   ...A new research report on America’s still-growing student loan debt found that its financial effects can last a lifetime. According to the report, 39 million Americans have used student loans to fund college education. An education debt of $53,000 will lead to a $208,000 lifetime loss of wealth...
Corporate welfare, alive and well  Los Angeles Times   ...Big, wealthy mall developer Westfield Group is typical of businesses that get tax breaks by the boatload from L.A. County. That means millions in foregone revenue that could pay for schools and parks...
Wal-Mart Air Fleet Gets Taxpayer Support for Controllers  Bloomberg News   ...U.S. taxpayers are increasingly picking up the tab for the control tower at an airport that’s home to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)’s corporate fleet, at a time lawmakers say they want to ban perks for hometown interests...
Court strikes down required Michigan worker pay contribution to pensions  Detroit News ... The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled the Legislature’s attempt to require 17,800 state employees to contribute 4 percent of their earnings to the state’s pension plan is unconstitutional…
China cheats, Indiana loses (opinion)   NWI Times   ...We’re five years past the onset of the Great Recession. Right now, the stock market is booming, and unemployment has inched down to its lowest level since the crisis began. So why, despite gaudy Dow Jones data and assurances that an 8.4 percent jobless rate in Indiana isn’t a real concern, does this economic recovery feel like such a drag?...
Scott Walker Has 3 Grannies and a 14 Year Old Girl Arrested for Singing In Wisconsin  Politicususa   ...Gov. Scott Walker is now arresting the elderly and children for singing protest songs about him in Wisconsin...
North Carolina Hates the Legislature It's Stuck With  Atlantic Wire   ...When Republicans assumed control of the North Carolina legislature in 2010 and the governorship last year, few predicted the result: a sharply conservative turn on key policies and an attempt to entrench the party's advantage. A story in The New York Times and a recent poll show that voters are largely unhappy with the moves...
Two banks' payday-advance lending draws scrutiny  Sun Sentinel   ...A move by two of Florida's largest banks into the payday-advance-loan business is drawing fire from consumer groups worried about "predatory" lending by offering customers the kinds of short-term, high-cost loans historically associated with storefront payday-lending businesses...
Connecticut city council passes resolution opposing Koch buy of newspaper  Wichita Business Journal   ...The city council in Hartford, Conn., passed a resolution this week opposing the idea of a Koch brothers' takeover of their local newspaper, the Hartford Courant...

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