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Today's Teamsters News 11.24.14

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Billion-dollar California salad company exploits undocumented migrants, say workers and Teamsters  Guardian   ...Taylor Farms, the world’s largest supplier of ‘healthy, wholesome’ cut vegetables and salad, denies claims it threatened to call immigration officials to keep workers on ‘temporary’ status, exposing them to dangerous working conditions...
Local labor organization to host awards banquet  TH Online   ...Dr. Liang Chee Wee and John Rosenthal (from Teamsters Local 120) will be named the labor and management recipients of the "Bob Bennett Recognition for Good Faith in Collective Bargaining" at the Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council's awards banquet Tuesday at the Grand River Center...
Trade
Scot Gov chiefs to analyse implications of TTIP  Farmers Guardian   ...As well as looking at agriculture, the environment and climate change, the discussions will also analyse the potential benefits for the Scottish economy of reducing trade barriers with the USA...
State Battles
Illinois Law to Fix $111 Billion Pension Deficit, Worst in U.S., Is Struck Down  Bloomberg  ...Illinois will have to find a new way to fix the worst pension shortfall in the U.S. after a judge struck down a 2013 law that included raising the retirement age...
Editorial: Indiana voting laws need quick, aggressive action  Tribune Star   ...Pretending to eradicate fraud, the ID laws in reality made it harder for two Democratic-leaning segments of the population, the poor and elderly, to vote. Voter ID laws, on average, decrease turnouts by 4 to 5 percentage points, according to Michael McDonald, the University of Florida political scientist overseeing the Elections Project...
War on Workers
Ex-Amazon Worker Plans Hunger Strike In Front Of Jeff Bezos’ Office To Protest Employee Treatment  International Business Times   ...A former Amazon product manager who says he was fired for voicing concerns about a software glitch is planning to starve himself in front of the CEO’s office to raise awareness about the treatment of Amazon employees...
Protesting GM Auto Workers Attacked by US Embassy Staff  Real News   ...US labor activists have filed a complaint with the Dept. of Justice and the SEC, charging the General Motors Company with a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, says Frank Hammer, retired General Motors employee and former president and chairman of Local 909 in Warren, Michigan...
Why Germans Work Fewer Hours But Produce More: A Study In Culture  KNOTE   ...Since the working day is focused on delivering efficient productivity, the off hours are truly off hours. Because of the focused atmosphere and formal environment of German businesses, employees don’t necessarily hang out together after work. Germans generally value a separation between private life and working life...
More Mass Graves in Mexican Search for Missing Students  telesur   ...Civilians and nongovernmental organizations in Mexico found four more mass graves Sunday, as part of the search efforts to locate the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College that went missing after being detained by Iguala police on the night of September 26...
Indian tea workers kill owner during pay talks  New York Daily News   ...The owner of the Sonali tea estate in West Bengal was dragged out of the payment talks beaten up and stabbed by a crowd, reports the BBC. Police say the owner had not paid workers for up to three months...
Worker dies while changing truck tire at Whiteford truck stop  Monroe News   ...A 69-year-old Toledo man collapsed and died while changing a truck tire at a Whiteford Township truck stop Wednesday night....