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Today's Teamster News For February 1, 2016

TEAMSTERS

Teamster Pilots at Horizon Air Ratify Agreement  Teamster.org  ...Teamster pilots with Horizon Air who are members of Teamsters Local 1224 in Wilmington, Ohio, have voted by a 2-1 margin to ratify a collective bargaining agreement that will bring jet flying back to the airline. In a vote tabulated today, the pilots ratified an agreement that will provide for pay increases throughout the life of the agreement...

Teamsters Applaud Agreement Ending Misclassification at Port of Oakland  Teamster.org  ...Construction truck drivers at the Port of Oakland will be protected from employee misclassification and receive the prevailing wage, thanks to an enhanced project labor agreement (PLA) passed unanimously by the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners on Thursday. Under the agreement, trucking brokers must commit to paying construction truck drivers the prevailing wage...

Treasury Department Announces February Public Sessions for Feedback on CSPF Rescue Plan  Teamster.org  ...The Treasury Department announced the details today for two public sessions in February for Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund retirees and participants to offer feedback on the proposed rescue plan. The sessions will be hosted by Treasury appointee Kenneth R. Feinberg who is overseeing the rescue plan review process...

A Board Struggles with Its CEO's Borrowing  Wall Street Journal  ...Other investors, among them the Teamsters, said the limits put in place by the company don’t go far enough because they don’t apply to the arrangements with Citigroup. Mr. Moyes is “using Swift as his personal bank,” said Carin Zelenko, director of the capital-strategies department for the Teamsters union, which holds a stake in Swift. The board’s limit on the pledging of shares “was only addressing part of the problem, and now we see they can’t even hold him to that,” she said...

San Diego lifeguards, city agree on expanded health coverage  SD News  ...After months of intensive negotiations, Teamsters Local 911 and the Lifeguard union leadership received their most recent proposal from the City of San Diego on Presumptive Illness Coverage protections following City Council closed session. The lifeguards union has been engaged in a public information campaign for the last six months...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Nigeria: Kuje Workers Threaten Strike Over Unpaid Salaries  AllAfrica  ...Workers in Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike from first week of February over non-payment of three months salaries owed them by the leadership of the council. The Chairman of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) Kuje Chapter, Mr Ibrahim Kabi disclosed these to newsmen after an indoor meeting with the union and officials of the council...

Tube to be crippled this weekend as UK workers plan to STRIKE for 48 hours  Express  ...RMT general secretary Mick Cash told his members: "I urge you all to stand firm together and support the action to make sure our message is heard loud and clear by London Underground and also the travelling public, where it is already demonstrated that the majority of the public want stations staffed properly and ticket offices to remain open. "Our demands to LUL on Fit for the Future Stations are simple – No imposed rosters, not short notice duty changes on cover weeks and no imposed new framework agreement"...

For Trade Deal, Bad News Keeps Mounting  American Prospect  ...This week, emissaries from 12 Pacific Rim countries will meet in New Zealand to sign off on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the most ambitious trade deals in history. But when the ministers sign the agreement in Auckland—presumably after authorities finish rounding up “known activists” in their bid to fend off protests—it will represent the beginning, not the end, of the fight...

TPP Protesters Alarmed by Corruption, Urge Leaders Not to Sign  TeleSUR  ...As the deadline for world leaders to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, approaches, protesters are heating up the fight against the controversial 12-country trade pact, including with a new petition signed by over 10,000 people overnight pressuring President Barack Obama and other leaders to not sign the deal as a bribery scandal swirls around a top Japanese TPP negotiator...

Biden coaxes Dems on Obama trade deal  The Hill  ... Democratic critics of President Obama's trade agenda got a playful warning from Joe Biden on Thursday, when the vice president announced that he'll be the administration's leading pitchman for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). “I know a lot of you don't like TPP, but you're going to have to see me,” Biden told scores of House Democrats gathered in Baltimore for their yearly retreat...

How The Presidential Election Could Endanger Obama’s Big Trade Deal  Huffington Post  ...Leading presidential candidates' opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature trade agreement is jeopardizing the landmark deal, according to a senior White House official. The 11 Pacific Rim nations negotiating with the Obama administration over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement are reportedly wary of how the next president will treat the accord...

Look to Honduras for Reasons the TPP Will Fail  (opinion) AFLCIO  ...The U.S. government claims the labor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are “gold standard,” but we need to look no further than Honduras to see how inadequate and unenforced labor obligations endanger workers’ lives and weaken workers' rights. Despite having labor protections in the Central America Free Trade Agreement, Honduras continues to skirt laws on workplace safety...

TTIP Transparency 'Farce" as Germany Opens MP Reading Room  (opinion) War on Want  ...German MPs will be granted restricted access to documents from secret EU-US trade negotiations as of 1 February, with the opening of a Berlin reading room for consolidated texts of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Access to the documents will only be possible under supervision in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs...

Oil price crash: Saudis told to embrace austerity as debt defaults loom  The Telegraph  ...Saudi Arabia faces years of tough austerity as the worst oil price crash in the modern history forces the kingdom to make radical cuts to government largesse, the International Monetary Fund has warned. The world's largest producer of crude oil will need to "transform" its economy away from oil revenues, which make up more than 80pc of the government's wealth...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Senate Panel Trims Some Workers From Paid Sick Leave Bill  VTDigger  ...Senate committee Thursday voted 5-0 to approve to a paid sick time bill that contains some significant differences from a House version passed last year. The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs scaled back the number of workers who would be guaranteed paid time off...

Manchin says right to work is playing partisan politics with West Virginia jobs  Metro News  ...As the state House of Delegates Judiciary Committee debated the bill Friday afternoon that would make West Virginia a right to work state, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin weighed in on the controversy. In a prepared statement, Manchin said right to work legislation “will do nothing to create jobs in West Virginia”...

Bill to repeal prevailing wage sent to state Senate  DPost  ...The Senate Government Organization Committee voted 8-6, along party lines, to send HB 4005 — the bill to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law — to the full Senate. At the Monday, Feb. 1, meeting, members heard from witnesses for and against the bill. Opponents cited fears of lost wages and an influx of unskilled workers to fill lower-paying jobs...

Trial on North Carolina Voter ID Lawsuits Likely to Wrap Up  ABC News  ...Closing arguments are expected in the federal trial on North Carolina's requirement that voters provide a picture ID to cast a ballot. The trial is expected to conclude Monday, but the judge isn't expected to rule immediately. The trial began Jan. 25 in Winston-Salem as the U.S. Justice Department and the North Carolina NAACP challenged the requirement approved by North Carolina lawmakers...

Poll: Two-thirds of New Yorkers support $15 an hour minimum wage  Syracuse  ...Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour is supported by two-thirds of New Yorkers, according to a new Siena College poll. In the poll of 805 registered voters, 65 percent supported the wage hike, 33 percent opposed it, and 2 percent were unsure...

Michigan youth working against bill that lowers minimum wage for young adults  MLive  ...Sen. Margaret O'Brien found support in the Senate Commerce Committee for a bill to let employers pay people under 20 less than minimum wage, but she isn't getting support from high school students if Byron Center High School Senior Logan Arkema can help it. "I just want to make sure that people know that this is very much an issue for young people," said Arkema, 17...

 

U.S. LABOR

Port workers in New York and New Jersey go on strike  CNN Money  ...Over 1,000 workers at the Port of New York and New Jersey -- the largest on the East Coast -- went on strike Friday morning. One problem with the strike: the Port Authority, which operates the port, says it isn't sure why workers decided not to show up. "We don't know why they walked out," Steve Coleman, a spokesperson for the Port Authority...

Why Nearly 1,200 Nurses Unionized Last Week  Biz Philly  ...Nurses at two local hospitals say they’re fed up with poor working conditions, subpar equipment, ineffective scheduling and inadequate staffing. The environment is simply unsafe for patients, they say — and last week nearly 1,200 of them voted to unionize. More than 330 registered nurses at Delaware County Memorial Hospital voted to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) union last weekend...

Feds: Union Janitors Should Be Rehired  Courant  ...The owners of a Rocky Hill office building violated labor laws when they replaced union janitors that were provided by a contractor with nonunion employees, the federal agency that protects workers' rights says. The 10 part-time janitors, who earned $13.25 an hour under a Service Employees International Union contract, left KS Partners at the end of June. They have picketed at the building since then...

Half of US Workforce Has No Retirement Plan - but Illinois Has a Fix  Truthout  ...For Illinois workers anxious about their retirement prospects, relief may be on the way. In a matter of months, the state will roll out a retirement program for more than 2.5 million private-sector workers, run by a government-appointed board. The plan, called the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, will automatically enroll workers and will deduct an adjustable percentage per paycheck to set aside in an individual retirement account...

300 Union Plumbers Spent The Weekend Installing Water Filters For Flint Residents For Free  Think Progress  ...Due to the inaction of state and federal officials, thousands of people in Flint have been exposed to unsafe levels of lead in their water. Now a group of union plumber are taking matters into their own hands. On Saturday, 300 plumbers from unions across the country descended on Flint to install new faucets and water filters for free. Many Flint residents needed new faucets because their existing faucets were so old they could not accommodate water filters provided by the state...

Activists Demand A Bill Of Rights For California Farm Workers  NPR  ...Farm workers in two of the nation's most important agricultural counties joined other low-wage food sector workers on Wednesday, demanding better wages with a new Bill of Rights. The thrust of the bill, which is aimed at workers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in California, is to establish a "rule of law" in the fields, observers say...

US Building Boom Fuels Spike in Construction Worker Injury and Death  Truthout  ...Hundreds of thousands of workers are injured on the job, filing an incredible 1 million workers' compensation claims a year for both temporary conditions - such as broken bones and sprains - and permanent injuries, including paralysis and loss of limbs. The reason, say experts, is a residential building boom in cities across the country...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Another Study Shows Why 'Pulling Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps' Is A Complete Fantasy  Huffington  Post  ...New research released Monday by the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a nonprofit, illustrates key facts about financial insecurity and inequality in the U.S. -- and shows how these features of our economy put women and people of color at a major disadvantage. The household wealth gap between whites, Asians, Latinos and black Americans is particularly staggering...

Protesters denounce immigration raids in New Brunswick  NJ.com  ...Protesters gathered downtown Saturday to denounce immigration enforcement actions in the state, including a local man who they say is being falsely held as a result. Earlier this month United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers raided a Lawrence Street home at 6 a.m. and took German Nieto-Cruz, 21-year-old resident... 

Ferguson Weighs a Federal Plan to End Its Abusive Policing  The Atlantic  ...Last week, DOJ’s expensive plan for reforming the oppressive system was made public. Cash-strapped city leaders now face a defining choice: “Ferguson can approve the agreement, trusting that voters will approve two tax increases in April that will provide some relief,” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, “or it can reject it, hoping to prevail in a lawsuit the Justice Department would almost certainly file against the city”...

A Super Bowl for the super-rich: San Francisco’s homeless are being “herded like cattle” ahead of the big game  Salon  ...The first official signs of Super Bowl 50—six-foot-tall, 1,600-pound, solar-powered number 50s, each with its own Super Bowl-themed design—started popping up at photogenic landmarks around San Francisco two weeks ago. The first unofficial signs—rows of tents and tarps lining a major thoroughfare under the I-80 freeway to the Bay Bridge—started popping up two months ago...