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Today's Teamster News 10.10.14

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Strike called on Golden Gate Bridge bus lines for Oct. 17  sfgate.com   ...Buses operated by the Golden Gate Transportation District will not be crossing the Bay Area’s most famous bridge next Friday as workers from the Teamsters Union Local 856 and 665, which represents dispatchers, supervisors and maintenance crews, announced a one-day strike...
Local 237, Ex-Council Speaker In Push to Pass Women’s Equality Act  The Chief   ...Citing a recent agreement to settle a gender-pay lawsuit brought by its members against the city as an example of an incremental victory for income equality between the sexes, Teamsters Local 237 President Gregory Floyd joined former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to gather political support for a long-stalled equal-rights bill...
Teamster Taxi Drivers Turn Out In Mass Again To Protest Unequal Treatment By D.C. City Council  IBT   ...Thousands of D.C. cab drivers affiliated with the Teamsters Union participated in a second “Fairness NOW!” caravan today throughout the city to demand equal regulatory treatment with private sedan services by the D.C. City Council...
County Rescinds Blood Draw Surcharge After Unions Object  Billings Gazette   ...A proposed surcharge on Yellowstone County employees who failed to participate in a health fair blood draw backfired this week after two unions objected. The county commissioners voted 3-0 on Tuesday to rescind the surcharge after the Teamsters and the Montana Public Employees Association both told the county the issue must be part of contract negotiations. The Teamsters Local 190 also filed a grievance...
Trade
Michael Perelman: Globalization, “Free Trade,” and Food as a Strategic Weapon  naked capitalilsm   ...much of the pressure to intensify globalization does not necessarily come from market successes, but often comes from disappointment in market outcomes. Dissatisfied that markets were not providing sufficient profits, powerful states adopted a strategy of pressuring their weaker counterparts to join in so called free trade deals...
TTIP's Threat To Democracy (opinion)  Huffington Post   ...TTIP marks the merging of the EU's common market with that of the United States, but without the social and political safeguards that at least theoretically exist in the EU. It is worth noting that little has been divulged in terms of the exact content and the extent of the risks to public services. But what we do know should be a matter of concern for everyone...
State Battles
Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin's voter ID law  USA Today   ...The Supreme Court on Thursday night blocked Wisconsin from implementing its new voter identification law on the eve of next month's elections. In a related action, a district court judge in Texas ruled that state's voter ID law is racially discriminatory and violates the Voting Rights Act. The state attorney general's office said it would appeal...
Parts Of North Carolina Law Limiting Vote Are Restored By Justices  New York Times   ...The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a brief, unsigned order reinstating provisions of a North Carolina voting law that bar same-day registration and counting votes cast in the wrong precinct. A federal appeals court had blocked the provisions, saying they disproportionately harmed black voters...
Even After Gov. Sam Brownback’s Tax Cuts, Jobs Aren’t Fleeing Missouri To Kansas In The KC Area (opinion)  ...The tax cuts have led to deeper losses in state revenue than predicted. They have not created a significant growth in jobs that could begin to replace money lost from the tax reductions. The state’s bond rating has been reduced...
War on Workers
New York Airport Workers Go On Strike Over Ebola  Gawker   ...LaGuardia Airport employees responsible for cleaning airplanes and bathrooms staged a walkout this week, saying they're not being adequately protected against the Ebola virus...
Slow Hiring Shows That The Job Market Isn’t Fully Healed  FiveThirtyEight   ...Companies are posting new jobs a lot faster than they’re filling them. Employers hired nearly 300,000 fewer workers in August than in July. This has been a persistent problem in the recovery: Job openings have more than doubled since the recession ended, but hiring is up by just 27 percent...
As Trains Move Oil Bonanza, Delays Mount For Other Goods And Passengers  New York Times   ...An energy boom that has created a sharp increase in rail freight traffic nationwide is causing major delays for Amtrak passenger trains and is holding up the transport of vital consumer and industrial goods, including chemicals, coal and hundreds of thousands of new American cars, rail officials and federal and state regulators say...
Worker Killed After Fall From Truck In Ogden  Fox29   ...A worker has died after falling from a bucket truck in Delaware County, authorities say...
Construction worker dies near Correctionville  Cherokee Chronicle Times   ... Authorities say a construction worker has died after he was pinned under a piece of equipment in northwest Iowa...
Miscellaneous
Here's How Much Business S&P 500 Companies Generate Outside Of The US  Business Insider   ..."Foreign sales accounted for 33% of aggregate revenue for the S&P 500 in 2013," Goldman Sachs' Amanda Sneider writes...

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