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Today's Teamster News 12.01.14

Trade
TPP Talks Likely to get Ugly  Hoosier Ag Today   ...One of the tough negotiations noted for New Zealand is promoting dairy exports into countries like Japan because the deal is so broad-based...
State Battles
Wells Fargo Accused of Predatory Lending in Chicago Area  Bloomberg   ...Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) targets black and Latino borrowers for more costly home loans than their white counterparts in the Chicago area, helping to prolong a local and national foreclosure crisis, the biggest county in Illinois said...
War on Workers
Tampa homeless program uses unpaid, destitute residents as steady labor force, revenue source  Tampa Bay Times   ...For years, New Beginnings founder and CEO Tom Atchison has sent his unpaid homeless labor crews to Tampa Bay Rays, Lightning and Bucs games, the Daytona 500 and the Florida State Fair. For their shelter, he's had homeless people work in construction, landscaping, telemarketing, moving, painting, even grant-writing...
Black Friday Fizzles With Consumers as Sales Tumble 11%  Bloomberg   ...Spending tumbled an estimated 11 percent over the weekend, the Washington-based National Retail Federation said yesterday. And more than 6 million shoppers who had been expected to hit stores never showed up...
“Cyber Monday” Will Ship Even More Wealth Overseas  Economy in Crisis   ...Thanks to our trade deficit, the money we spend on Christmas is basically shuttled directly overseas, bypassing most of our fellow Americans, while enriching an elite few. 70 percent of our economy is now comprised of consumer spending...
West Virginia Coal Country Sees New Era as Donald Blankenship Is Indicted  New York Times   ...Deadly coal mining disasters are nothing new to West Virginia, but a 2010 explosion is different in one important respect: A C.E.O., Donald L. Blankenship, is being charged over the 29 lives lost...
I quit: Miseries of an Uber driver  Salon   ...A terrible GPS system and crummy hourly rate while the company reaps huge profits? No more. I’m out...
ISIS-Linked Ansar Beit al-Maqdis Says It Killed U.S. Oil Worker William Henderson  NBC News   ...A militant organization with ties to ISIS claimed responsibility late Sunday for the death of an American oil worker in Egypt...
Miscellaneous
Suburban businesses cash in when Hollywood comes to town  Boston Globe   ...While the latest report from the state Department of Revenue indicated that most of the spending attributed to the Massachusetts film tax credit in 2012 went out of state, proponents of the initiative say that an increasing number of locally filmed productions have spread out beyond Boston, helping small businesses and tourism in the suburbs from Lincoln to Quincy to Saugus...
Oil at $40 Possible as Market Transforms Caracas to Iran  Bloomberg   ...Oil’s decline is proving to be the worst since the collapse of the financial system in 2008 and threatening to have the same global impact of falling prices three decades ago that led to the Mexican debt crisis and the end of the Soviet Union...
Online Sales for Girl Scout Cookies Are Approved  New York Times   ...Girl Scouts are adding digital marketing to their formidable arsenal of charm, cuteness and perseverance to sell millions of boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas and other longtime cookie favorites...

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