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Today's Teamster News 12.03.14

Teamster News
Teamsters rallying vs. de Blasio plan to make horse carriage drivers cabbies  New York Daily News   ..."I truly believe that these people are going to stand up for what is right, not what the mayor’s personal feelings are," (Demos Demopoulos) told the Daily News, prodicting support from perhaps several hundred members of other Teamsters members and other union workers at next week's rally, timed to the introduction of a bill phasing carriages out by mid-2016...
School Bus Workers At Chicago Public Schools Vote To Join Teamsters Local 777  teamster.org   ...School bus workers with Paige Bus Enterprises in Chicago have voted overwhelmingly, 59-16, in favor of representation by Teamsters Local 777 in Lyons, Ill. The 104 bus school bus drivers and monitors transport children attending Chicago Public Schools...
NetJets' Teamster Work Force Refuses To Subsidize Pet Travel For The Rich And Famous  teamster.org   ... Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK/B) NetJets, Inc., continues to demand compensation and benefit cuts from more than 600 workers represented by the Teamsters Union as part of a scheme to lower prices for its wealthy customers...
Delayed Sysco-US Foods Merger Could Create Rival  Nation's Restaurant News   ...When Sysco agreed to buy US Foods nearly a year ago in a deal valued at $8.2 billion, it effectively eliminated its largest competitor and the only other company that could lay claim as a nationwide food distributor. But the delayed merger could create another national distributor, as government regulators seek to ensure competition...
Laird Evans Makes Significant Donation To The Teamsters Archives In Washington, D.C.  teamster.org   ...Laird Evans, the retired principal officer of Teamsters Local 568 in Shreveport, La., recently made the first of several contributions to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C...
Trade
US Adds To List Of Items From Child, Forced Labor  Associated Press   ...The Labor Department on Monday expanded its list of products worldwide it says were likely produced by child or forced labor, ranging from garments from Bangladesh and electronics from Malaysia to cotton and sugar cane from India...
State Battles
One representative is making an attempt to bring so-called 'right to work' legislation back  Missouri Digital News   ...Southwest Missouri Republican Representative Bill Lant says he will attempt to bring right-to-work legislation to the House floor in the 2015 legislative session...
Life in a Union  Atlantic Monthly   ...In Vermont, 13.2 percent of workers were represented by unions in 2013, up from 11.7 percent a decade ago...
City Council Committee OKs Emanuel's $13-An-Hour Minimum Wage  Chicago Sun Times   ...Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019 was approved by a key City Council committee Monday evening, clearing the way for it to be brought up before the full Council on Tuesday...
Gov. Rick Scott And Staff Used Private Email Account When Conducting State Business  Miami Herald   ...Florida Gov. Rick Scott exchanged emails dealing with vetoes, the state budget and his speeches from a private email account, according to records turned over to The Associated Press on Tuesday...
War on Workers
Amazon Releasing 15,000 Robots In Its Warehouses  Associated Press   ...the e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency — and given workers' legs a break — by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots to crisscross the floors of its biggest warehouses and deliver stacks of toys, books and other products to employees...
Inmates' Advocates Say They Have Little Access To Private Prisons  Seven Days   ...Advocates for Vermont inmates housed in private out-of-state prisons told lawmakers today that they have little access to the facilities and limited ability to respond to inmates' concerns and conduct investigations. Defender General Matt Valerio and Prisoners' Rights Office supervising attorney Seth Lipschutz said that they rarely visit prisons in Kentucky and Arizona that are owned by Corrections Corporation of America and house nearly 500 Vermont inmates...
The Broken Promises of Citizens United  Huffington Post   ...In the 2012 election, political scientists estimated that two Americans, Charles and David Koch, had as much political influence as 1,030,000 union members. And billionaire-turned-environmental-activist Tom Steyer spent more than either of them in 2014...
Mercedes Alabama plant violated law by stopping union from handing out literature, board rules  Associated Press   ...The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant...
What happened to the middle class?  Daily Local News ...that is the trifecta of middle class ruin. Demonize unions. Reduce taxes predominantly on the wealthy. Engage in trade deals which result in the loss of good paying middle class jobs...
Ocean Isle Beach golf course worker killed  WRAL.com   ...A maintenance worker at an Ocean Isle Beach golf course has died after the equipment he was driving went into some water on the course...
Miscellaneous
3 dead after school buses collide in Tennessee  FOX News   ...Two school buses collided on a Tennessee highway on Tuesday, killing two children and an adult and injuring 23...


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