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Today's Teamster News 08.21.14

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Labor Voices: Debbie Stabenow Pushes To Bring Jobs Home (opinion)  Detroit News   ...Speak with any elected official, and inevitably he or she will stress the need to create more U.S. jobs. But given the opportunity to do so just before Congress went on its annual August recess, Senate Republicans decided they would rather do nothing instead...
Trade
Michael Froman’s PR Blitzkrieg  Trade Reform   ...Ambassador Michael Froman is blitzing the country trying to push the economy-killing, sovereignty-outsourcing Trans-Pacific Partnership...
State Battles
Microsoft Ditches ALEC In Latest Blow To Conservative Group  Talking Points Memo   ..."In 2014 Microsoft decided to no longer participate in the American Legislative Exchange Council's Communications and Technology Task Force, which had been our only previous involvement with ALEC," the software company said in a statement, per CNET...
Fresno Business Groups Vow To Fight Bill On Labor Violations  Fresno Bee   ...A bill that would punish California employers for labor violations committed by their subcontractors is being called unnecessary by Fresno business groups. Assembly Member Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, introduced Assembly Bill 1897 as a way to hold employers accountable for serious worker's rights violations such as wage theft...
(Not) The Leader of the Pack: Wisconsin and Her Neighbors  Econbrowser   ...Only the disastrous trajectory of Kansas’s economy makes Wisconsin’s performance look tolerable...
OPINION: Hoosier workers not gaining on the nation  Indiana Economic Digest   ...From May 2003 to the same month in 2013, Hoosier wages rose by 19 percent, while median wages rose by 25 percent nationally...
Change In State House Could Put Right To Work Back On Table, McClure Says  Albuquerque Business First   ...This year, the New Mexico House of Representatives could be in line for a change this fall, and if that happens, some major initiatives – including right-to-work – could be on the table...
Want To Raise The Minimum Wage? Take It To The Ballot.  Fortune   ...“A higher minimum wage is incredibly poplar,’ says David Cooper, an economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. “If legislature is not being responsive to the public’s desires, advocates are going the ballot measure route because it’s been successful.”...
Labor Organizing Underway At Boeing, MUSC Despite Anti-Union Climate In S.C.  Charleston City Paper   ...It is famously difficult to start a union in South Carolina. The state has the third-lowest union participation rate in the country, with just 4.7 percent of workers represented by unions. Part of the reason has to do with the Palmetto State's right-to-work laws, which prevent an employer from making an agreement with a union to only hire unionized workers...
War On Workers
Hoxie Crash Highlights Railroad Safety Issues  Arkansasmatters.com   ...A railroad crash investigator says the most recent head-on crash in northeast Arkansas is symptomatic of an industry struggling to adapt new safety regulations...
Whose Presidential Campaign Will Your Pension Finance?  Nation of Change   ...last week, the GOP filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning the pay-to-play law that bars those governors from raising campaign money from Wall Street executives who manage their states’ pension funds...
How Starbucks Grinds Its Workers  New York Magazine   ...If Starbucks employees like Navarro could quit, or could refuse to work insane shifts on short notice, or could demand more accommodation of their needs, they would. They can’t. So they don’t...
New report details depth of hunger crisis in the United States  wsws.org   ...about one in seven in the US, 46 million people, rely on food banks in order to feed themselves and their families. The number includes 12 million children and 7 million senior citizens...
National Group Tries To Halt Union Election Of Personal Home Care Providers In Minnesota  Minneapolis Star Tribune   ...U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ... said at a hearing Tuesday that he’ll decide by noon whether to issue a temporary injunction that would halt an election, now in progress, to determine if nearly 27,000 personal home health care workers will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The injunction is being sought by the National Right to Work Foundation...
Miscellaneous
More than 50 UPS Stores across the US hit by cyber attack  Business Technology   ...UPS Store said credit and debit card details, names, addresses, and email addresses may have been stolen from payments between January 20th and August 11th this year...
We Just Witnessed A Historic Month For Commercial Aircraft Orders  Business Insider   ...People ordered a ton of airplanes in July...

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