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Today's Teamster News 11.30.14

Trade
“Arrogant” UK public didn’t “buy in” enough secret expertise to understand TTIP? (opinion)  beliefnet   ...Given the concerns about the privatisation of the NHS that have been raised by activists, I, like many other members of the public, believe the deal is far too important to be based on closed-doors decisions...
War on Workers
Child poverty in the U.S. is among the worst in the developed world  Washington Post   ...Nearly one third of U.S. children live in households with an income below 60 percent of the national median income in 2008 - about $31,000 annually...
'Being homeless is better than working for Amazon'  Guardian   ... ISS is the temp agency that provides warehouse labor for Amazon and they are at the center of the SCOTUS case Integrity Staffing Solutions vs. Busk. ISS could simply deactivate a worker’s badge and they would suddenly be out of work. They treated us like beggars because we needed their jobs...
Working for Walmart Is Even Worse Than You Think  Alternet   ...A lot of people were doing the work of three to four people...
Walmart Workers Rally For Higher Wages At Stores Across The Country  ThinkProgress   ...As Americans rushed to take advantage of jaw dropping deals this Black Friday, thousands of Walmart employees and labor union members protested at 1,000 stores across the country for higher wages and consistent full-time work. At least 11 Walmart workers and supporters were arrested for blocking traffic outside a Walmart in Chicago...
Uber faces a class action lawsuit over use of credit reports during background checks  Pando Daily   ...Uber’s legal problems are piling up. The company is fighting for regulatory clearance to operate in numerous jurisdictions, including, most recently, Nevada. At the same time, it’s being sued by the National Federation of the Blind for discrimination against blind people and service dogs. Another lawsuit accuses the company of charging bogus surcharges and tolls to passengers traveling to and from Boston’s Logan Airport...
Miscellaneous
Just Plane Ugly (opinion)  New York Times   ...Immediately following news coverage of a flight that had to be diverted when two passengers scuffled over a Knee Defender’s use, sales of the device reportedly increased...
Inside OPEC room, Naimi declares price war on U.S. shale oil  Reuters   ...Saudi Arabia's oil minister told fellow OPEC members they must combat the U.S. shale oil boom, arguing against cutting crude output in order to depress prices and undermine the profitability of North American producers...
Black Friday Online Sales Up 8.5% Over Last Year, 20% Of Sales Came From iOS  techcrunch   ...Amazon was up 25.9% year-over-year, outpacing e-commerce as a whole, but eBay grew just 3.0% over Thanksgiving Day 2013...
Despair: More People Shopped on Black Friday than Voted in Midterms  Mediaite   ...The number of Black Friday participants comes from the National Retail Federation, which predicted 140.1 million would go shopping this weekend — a slight dip from the 140.3 million who went out last year. According to data collected by the United States Election Project, only 76.9 million people turned out to vote in the 2014 midterm elections — the lowest turnout since World War II, when the population of America was less than 150 million people...

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