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Today's Teamster News 12.20.13

Teamsters And Fired Taylor Farms Workers Mount Unfair Labor Practice Strike, Demand Respect For Immigrant Workers  teamster.org   ...Today, Teamster members and fired Taylor Farms workers launched a one-day Unfair Labor Practice strike in protest against gross workers’ rights violations being committed by Taylor Farms at its facilities in Tracy, Calif...
D.C. Taxi Drivers Achieve Major Victory: Passenger-Console Deadline Extended  teamster.org   ...Due to the strength and unity of the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association, affiliated with Teamsters Local 922, the Washington, D.C. government has extended the passenger-console deadline from Dec. 1, 2013 to Jan. 15, 2014...
Get Ready for the 2014 Trade Tsunami  Public Citizen   ...In the first months of 2014, Congress will decide whether it will maintain its constitutional authority over trade or succumb to White House and corporate demands to give away its power to save us from more damaging “trade” deals...
Report Suggests NSA Engaged In Financial Manipulation, Changing Money In Bank Accounts  techdirt   ...Governments should not use their offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts or otherwise manipulate the financial system...
The State Policy Network's Cozy Relationship With Big Tobacco  truthout   ......The State Policy Network (SPN), a web of right-wing "think tanks" in every state across the country, has close ties with the tobacco industry…SPN, its member affiliates, and SPN-related entities such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Heritage Foundation, and the Cato Institute,  continued to receive funding from the tobacco industry that has continued through at least 2012, according to Altria/Phillip Morris documents…
New Commodity Trading Rules Good for Big Oil  oil price   ...The move by banking and securities regulators to ban proprietary trading at financial institutions could put an end to Wall Street’s dominance in the commodity hedging game, giving greater advantage to oil majors, but make it difficult for smaller oil and gas producers to lock in future prices to mitigate risk, industry experts say...
Ted Mitchell, Education Dept. Nominee, Has Strong Ties to Pearson, Privatization Movement  The Nation   ...As the administration continues to reshuffle its team, and confront new regulatory challenges, some view Mitchell’s nomination as a move towards greater privatization. In the coming months, the Department of Education will release “gainful employment” rules to rein in for-profit colleges, an experiment in proprietary education that many see as an unmitigated disaster...
Economic Opportunity Is Lowest In the Republican Bible Belt, Major Study Finds  Alternet   ...virtually all of this nation’s class-rigidity still remains in the U.S. South, even after the Civil War. New Dixie has replaced the aristocracy’s black slaves of Old Dixie, by the local (white) aristocracy’s institutionalized bigotry against poor people, now of all ethnic groups...
After Bangladesh Factory Collapse, Bleak Struggle for Survivors  New York Times   ...while the Rana Plaza disaster stirred an international outcry — and shamed many international clothing companies into pledging to help finance safety improvements in other Bangladeshi factories — the people most directly affected are still living without any guarantees of help or financial compensation...
Credit Shouldn't Be A Barrier for Job Seekers (opinion)  teamster.org   ...Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) unveiled legislation this week that would prevent employers from discriminating against potential hires who have poor credit...
Quest to restrict union fees targets 3 new states  Associated Press   ... Buoyed by recent successes in the Midwest, conservatives and business groups are targeting at least three additional states for new efforts that could weaken labor unions by ending their ability to collect mandatory bargaining fees...
Zoeller asks Supreme Court to restore right to work law  NWI Times   ...he Indiana Supreme Court has begun receiving written arguments over whether Lake Superior Judge John Sedia correctly ruled the state's 2012 right-to-work law unconstitutional...
OH judge says efficiency not good case for cameras  Associated Press   ...An Ohio judge rebuffed an argument Thursday that traffic cameras make law enforcement more efficient, stating sharply that violating motorists' rights isn't the American way...

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