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Today's Teamster News 11.29.14

Teamsters
Walmart Black Friday Protests Hit Major Cities With Calls For '$15 And Full Time'  Huffington Post   ...Dirk Rasmussen ... rose early and drove to downtown Washington, eager to join a post-Thanksgiving protest against Walmart. "Our local [union] president encouraged us to take part," said Rasmussen, 58, who works in a lumber and building-supply warehouse. "I raised eight children on a Teamsters benefit package and Teamsters wage. I'm a firm believer in collective bargaining, and I'm very concerned about the security of this next generation..."
Trade
Cameron supports the TTIP. Here's why we should be angry.  Impact Nottingham   ...A primary concern of anti-TTIPers is that EU trading standards will be altered to match those of the U.S. The problem here is that the States have pretty lax policies when it comes to food and hygiene standards. They don’t care if their beef is pumped full of cancer-inducing growth hormones  or if their tomatoes weigh 3kg each because they are inflated with pesticides...
U.S. in suspense over fate of ‘Abenomics’  Japan Times   ... officials from the 12 TPP countries reportedly plan to resume talks in early December in Washington, with Japanese bureaucrats expected to be among them...
State Battles
Schimel names business lobbyist as top aide  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel   ... A lobbyist for Walmart, the state's biggest business group and more than a dozen other businesses and organizations will serve as the top aide to incoming Attorney General Brad Schimel..
War on Workers
Black Friday protesters picket Walmart for higher wages, consistent work  USA Today   ...Some Walmart shoppers looking for door-buster deals on Back Friday were met by protesters speaking out against the retailer's treatment of workers. In what is being touted as the biggest organized protest of Walmart in the company's history, more than 1,600 demonstrations were organized by the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart)...
These CEOs make more than their companies pay in corporate taxes  Quartz   ...seven of the country’s 30 largest companies by revenue paid out more to their chief executives than they did in corporate taxes in 2013, despite the fact that pre-tax incomes for those companies totaled more than $74 billion. Six of the 7 companies received tax refunds:..
Construction Worker Dies After Ceiling Collapse at Staten Island Car Dealership  New York Times   ...The worker, who was identified by the police as Delfino Jesus Velazquez Mendizabal, 43, became trapped under debris around 8:15 a.m. when a large section of the mezzanine level fell inside the Dana Ford Lincoln dealership at 266 West Service Road...
Waste disposal worker killed by equipment  Lawrence Eagle Tribune   ...Joshua Black, 26, of Wilmington, was declared dead at the scene after he was run over by a front-end loader at Allied Waste Services at 300 Forest St., according to Police Capt. Dennis Bonaiuto...
We should all be thankful for labor unions’ successes (opinion)  Des Moines Register   ...Unions make the middle class strong by ensuring workers have a voice at work and in our democracy...
Miscellaneous
Barrel price of crude at lowest level since 2009  news-journal.com   ...the price of a barrel of crude oil fell to its lowest level in more than four years following news that 12 major oil producing countries won’t cut back on their planned output. For U.S. shale producers, the development probably will mean more spending cuts in 2015 than they already have signaled, and a push for more efficiency in the oil patch...