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Teamsters Local 769 In Miami Files For Representational Elections At Con-Way Freight  IBT   ..."For far too long, these hardworking employees have not had the respect and dignity on the job that they deserve," said Mike Scott, President of Local 769. "When they form their union with the Teamsters, they will be treated fairly and we will work hard to negotiate a strong Teamster contract for them that addresses their issues including job security."...
The Frozen-Egg Gap: Silicon Valley's Perks Aren't For Everyone  NBC News   ...“We’ve got companies that make stupendous amounts of money and can afford to treat them better,” said Rome Aloise, principal officer of Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro, Calif. The Teamsters is seeking to organize shuttle drivers who work at tech firms through third-party contractors...
Brinks Workers In Alberta Ratify New Labour Contract  Canadian Labour Reporter   ...Alberta workers with the logistics cash provider Brinks recently ratified a new labour contract. The new collective agreement — negotiated with Teamsters Local Union 362 — includes wage increases of 2.5 per cent to three per cent every year for the next four years. Approximately 230 workers are covered by the contract. The agreement will expire in September 2018...
Brian Davis  IBT   ...Dear Brothers and Sisters: We are saddened to inform you that Teamster Local 174 Business Agent and Joint Council 28 Freight Division Director Brian Davis tragically passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014...
Americold Workers in Wisconsin Choose Teamsters  teamster.org   ...Cold storage warehouse workers at Americold in Darien, Wisc., have voted by nearly a 2-1 margin to join Teamsters Local 695 in Madison, Wisc. There are 133 workers in the bargaining unit...
Hoffa Tells Wisconsin Teamsters They Can Effect Change  teamster.org   ...Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa continued his whirlwind tour of the union’s workplaces in Wisconsin today, urging members at UPS, Roundy’s grocery and Nestle to get out and vote to ensure that pro-worker candidates are elected in Madison and Washington, D.C...
Funeral Giant SCI Accepts Union's Offer to Enter Federal Mediation  teamster.org   ... Funeral industry giant Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) has accepted Teamsters Local 727’s offer to enter federal mediation as the union attempts to reach an agreement on a new contract for Chicago-area funeral workers...
Trade
WTO Rejects US Country-of-Origin Labels for Meat  Associated Press   ...In a ruling Monday, the World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage...
U.S. floats cutting tobacco from part of Pacific trade pact -sources  Reuters   ...The United States has floated excluding tobacco products from a key section of a 12-nation Pacific trade deal and signaled it may present a formal proposal to trading partners at talks in Australia, sources briefed on the negotiations said...
Don’t Let Congress Trade U.S. Jobs Away  teamster.org   ...Hardworking Americans have seen a significant decline in the availability of middle-class jobs in this country during the last 20 years. And that is largely due to one thing – lousy trade deals approved by Congress...
State Battles
Emails show Scott Walker campaign treasurer got inside information on real-estate deal  Wisconsin State Journal   ...The campaign treasurer for Gov. Scott Walker got detailed financial information from a top Walker aide around the time he was bidding on a real estate deal involving Milwaukee County, according to correspondence released Tuesday as part of a now-closed investigation into Walker’s office while he was county executive...
Wisconsin: Effort To Reinstate Voter ID Law Is Abandoned  New York Times   ...J. B. Van Hollen, the state’s attorney general, is giving up on finding a way to get a voter photo identification law in place for the Nov. 4 election...
Why is the Boston Globe Covering Up for Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker? (Updated)  naked capitalism   ...Boston’s paper of record is effectively covering up for Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker by failing to cover a growing pay to play scandal in New Jersey, with Baker as one of its central figures...
Minimum Wage Increase Headed To Ballot  NBC News   ...San Diego City Council voted unanimously to let voters decide whether to raise the city’s minimum wage. But it’s not as though they had much of a choice. On Monday, the council voted on whether to put the matter on the ballot or rescind an ordinance that would have raised the minimum wage to $11.50 over the next three years, beginning in January...
Minimum Wage In Mountain View To Jump From $9 An Hour To $10.30 This Summer  San Jose Mercury News   ...the Mountain View City Council followed San Jose's lead by voting ...  to increase the minimum wage in the city from $9 to $10.30 an hour. After the initial bump in July, the wage is supposed to increase every Jan. 1 based on inflation. The council set a goal of $15 per hour by 2018...
White Hat’s Magic Trick: Transforming Public Schools into Private Assets  Center for Media and Democracy   ...There’s a lot of money at stake in Ohio charter schools, which as a group will receive almost $900 million in 2014. Charters get about $7,200 per student in taxpayer funding, compared to about $3,500 per student in traditional public schools...
ALEC’s Corporate Sponsors Should Be Held Accountable For Forcing Taxpayers to Subsidize Their Lobbying  Common Cause   ...A complaint pending in the IRS Whistleblower office, filed by Common Cause, used thousands of pages of ALEC’s own records to challenge the group’s claim that it does not engage in lobbying. If the tax agency finds that ALEC is a corporate lobby masquerading as a charity, and its corporate sponsors knew this all along, the businesses which contribute to its $7 million annual budget could be on the hook for back taxes, too...
War on Workers
Labor Secretary Says U.S. Record On Paid Parental Leave Is 'Dismal': 'We Need To Lead'  Huffington Post   ...Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more "shared prosperity" in the U.S. economy lies in a higher minimum wage, paid family leave for workers and stronger union density in the private sector...
Uber Will Lower GDP  Forbes   ...If someone takes an Uber ride instead of a regular cab, what happens?  The customer is spending less, a taxi driver somewhere is losing a customer, the Uber driver is making less than the taxi driver would have, and the customer gets where they want to go in a happier state.  Alternatively, traditional taxi companies may try to compete and start lowering their prices, as they appear to be doing.  Add it all up; you get a smaller number. GDP goes down..
New Efforts To Ban Tobacco Farm Child Labor  ABC News   ...Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms. The new efforts were jumpstarted by a Human Rights Watch report in May that said nearly three-quarters of the children interviewed by the group reported vomiting, nausea and headaches while working on tobacco farms...
Worker killed at North Antelope Rochelle Mine identified  Associated Press   ...A contractor died in a weekend accident at Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle Mine in northeastern Wyoming…The contractor's death was the second this year at North Antelope Rochelle...
Friends, relatives remember Pittsburgh sanitation worker killed in Carrick  Pittsburgh Post-Tribune   ...Those who knew Mr. Hodges, who had no criminal record and who worked three jobs to try to support two children he treated as his own, said they were stunned by the way he died...
Greece: Deficit would be just 1.8% without the "support" to banks!  unbalanced evolution   ...Another official source, Eurostat this time, confirms that the banks in Greece received billions in bailout packages, leading to the unprecedented enlargement of the national deficit. Of the total 12.2% of GDP revised deficit, 10.4% is due to recapitalization of the banks!...
Miscellaneous
Low Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations  naked capitalism   ...The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two months, according to the latest data from oil services firm Baker Hughes. There were 19 oil rigs that were removed from operation as of Oct. 17, compared to the prior week. There are now 1,590 active oil rigs, the lowest level in six weeks...
U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports  Reuters   ...The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus...
Help, We're in a Living Hell and We Don't Know How To Get Out  Esquire   ...There have always been fools, and rancorous factionalism, too. What is new in this part of history that we are living through is that we have been taken hostage by them and by the heroes of the Constitution and various other charlatans...

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