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Today's Teamster News 09.28.14

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East Bridgewater DPW workers align with Teamsters  The Enterprise   ... Fourteen members of the town’s Department of Public Works have secured their first three-year contract with Teamsters Local 653, after changing union affiliations last year...
Trade
Despite Bold Japan Trade Pledges, U.S. Still Wonders: ‘Where’s the Beef?’  Wall Street Journal   ...Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began and ended a trip to New York this week with bold pledges to help advance stalled talks on an ambitious pan-Pacific free-trade pact. But mid-week, his chief negotiator walked out of a Washington session with his American counterpart, after U.S. officials accused Tokyo of moving too timidly on opening up Japan’s agriculture market, leaving the agreement’s fate as uncertain as ever...
Want To Find Out Where Your Fruit Was Grown? Good Luck.  Trade Reform   ...What’s required by law in terms of transparency in produce sourcing is minimal: Only country of origin need be shared. Any information shared publicly beyond that is entirely voluntary...
State Battles
5 Tech Companies That Surprisingly STILL Fund ALEC  Common Cause   ...eBay remains a member and funder of ALEC; its biggest competitor, Amazon, cut ties with the organization in 2012...
Court urged to let Ohioans vote early  SCOTUS Blog   ...Arguing that early voting is necessary to continue to deal with the “unprecedented disaster” at the polls in Ohio in 2004, several civil rights advocacy groups urged the Supreme Court on Saturday to permit Ohioans to start casting their ballots next Tuesday for this year’s general election...
Blame Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts for revenue woes in Kansas (opinion)  Kansas City Star   ...the excessive, Brownback-supported tax cuts were to blame for much of the state’s lower-than-predicted revenues...
War on Workers
Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car  New York Times   ...Ms. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender, C.A.G. Acceptance of Mesa, Ariz., remotely activated a device in her car's dashboard that prevented her car from starting...  
Walmart Targets The Poor With New Checking Accounts  Huffington Post   ...Walmart needs that money. Sales at U.S. stores open a year, an important retail metric, have been flat or negative for six straight quarters. Food stamp cuts in November hurt the company's bottom line, executives said...
Worker dies at Moncure wood products company  The State   ...Authorities with the Chatham County Sheriff's Office say a worker at a wood products company died when a piece of machinery fell on him...
Miscellaneous
Team bus/truck collision leaves 4 dead and more than 15 injured  NewsOK   ...Four members of a Texas college softball team are dead after a tractor-trailer crossed over the center median on Interstate 35 and collided with the team’s van Friday night just south of Turner Falls...

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