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Today's Teamster News 09.15.13

Point, counterpoint: Teamsters, St. James debate labor contract snags  The Montana Standard   ...Some unionized employees have taken a strike vote against St. James Healthcare, but hope a Sept. 19 mediation session will deter such action...
Income Inequality  Economic Populist   ...The top 1% income earners have captured 95% of the income growth from 2009 to 2012.  Folks, that's pretty much all of it...
The Stupid Trade Talk Process  Trade Reform   ...Yum Brands, the owner of KFC, wants cheaper chicken wings, rumps and other assorted poultry parts. Ocean Spray wants an easing of pesticide regulations. DuPont wants greater protection of trade secrets. Negotiations have barely begun for a potentially sweeping trade pact between the United States and Europe. But the lobbying is already well under way by corporations on both sides of the Atlantic...
Wynne Godley's Crucial Warnings About the Trade Deficit Still Ignored  American Economic Alert   ...Godley was one of the few mainstream economists who warned that huge, ballooning trade deficits like those amassed by the United States since the mid-1990s would lead to major trouble.  Further, Godley’s model notably that reducing domestic budget deficits without addressing trade deficits would bring on a thoroughly unnecessary disaster on the home front – and in the rest of a world so heavily dependent on supplying American demand...
McViolation: How American Fast Food Operators Break the Law  Huffington Post   ...Among the most common violations is wage theft, a term used to describe practices that deprive employees of wages to which they are legally entitled. Across all industries, American workers lose an estimated $30 billion a year to wage theft...
Where's the Beef?: The First Thing Obama Can Do By Himself to Create Good Jobs  Next New Deal   ...A presidential executive order could directly help Lucila and the millions like her who manufacture uniforms for our military, care for our elders under Medicare, work as security guards at federally leased buildings, or are laborers on federally funded construction projects. The order would require that jobs financed by federal funds require living wages (not just minimum wage or prevailing wage in a low-wage sector), paid sick days, and prohibitions against employers fighting unionization...
Factory Rebirth Fizzles in U.S. as Work Shipped Overseas  Bloomberg   ...That left the factory workforce through August about 13 percent smaller than the 13.7 million when the U.S. fell into recession in December 2007. In 2000, the tally was 17 million...
Clifford Chance trainee lawyer faces sack after describing his work as 'f***ing people over for money' The Independent   ...Clifford Chance, an international firm based in London and part of the ‘Magic Circle’ group of the UK’s five leading law firms, is also one of the 10 largest in the world in terms of number of lawyers and revenues...
Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices Spike  New York Times   ...Wall Street ... set out to exploit this young market ... that is what happened this year when the price of the ethanol credits skyrocketed 20-fold in just six months...
How High 401(k) Fees Can Doom Your Retirement Plans  Slate   ...One of several big problems with 401(k) plans—tax subsidies for retirement savings—is that while some of the subsidy accrues to savers, some of it accrues to fee collectors who you end of paying for managing the plan...
Mississippi sitting on $872 million of Katrina funds  Daily Kos   ...More than half of the unspent money is tied up in a hotly debated plan to expand the state-owned Port of Gulfport, and millions more are allocated for projects that have yet to materialize. Critics also complain that some projects are far from the Katrina strike zone and don't seem to have a direct connection to recovery from the hurricane, while others have failed to take root or are not meeting promises of creating jobs...
Wisconsin Attorney General Seeks to Vitiate Open Records Law to Protect ALEC’s National Treasurer  Center for Media and Democracy   ...Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has taken the unprecedented step of asserting that a state legislator cannot be held accountable for refusing to disclose public records in response to a lawful open records request by the Center for Media and Democracy...

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