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Today's Teamster News For March 11, 2016

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Teamsters Retirees To Rally In Washington, D.C. To Protect Pensions  Teamster.org  ...Thousands of retirees in the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund from across the country will rally in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The retirees will gather outside the Capitol to call on Treasury to deny the proposal by Central States to make drastic cuts to their pensions. They will also ask members of Congress to help find a legislative solution to the fund's problems...

Air Liquide/Airgas Teamsters Strike in Ohio  Teamster.org  ...Drivers and plant operation workers at industrial gas company Airgas went on strike this morning. The workers, members of Teamsters Local 100 in Cincinnati, had unanimously authorized a strike less than two weeks ago, and went on strike today to protest Airgas’ violations of United States labor laws... 

Teamsters Fight For Eden Jobs At MillerCoors  Teamster.org  ...Teamsters representing more than 5,000 AB/InBev, MillerCoors, and Molson Coors brewery workers throughout the United States and Canada joined with Teamsters General President Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, and Brewery & Soft Drink Workers Conference Director David Laughton in the fight to save Teamster jobs at MillerCoors...

Hundreds of Jewel Warehouse Workers, Drivers Ratify Teamster Contracts  JC 25  ...Nearly 900 Jewel warehouse workers and drivers in the Chicagoland area decisively ratified new five-year contracts on March 6 as members of Teamsters Local 710. The separate agreements include many of the same Teamster benefits and protections for all workers servicing Chicago stores, including dispatchers and load planners...

Fordham Students United Stand with Sodexo Employees  The Fordham Ram  ...At the teach-in, Sodexo employees in attendance discussed their employment histories with the food service provider. Sandy Pope, representing the Sodexo workers in the Teamsters 810 union, was also in attendance. Concerns of the employees included losing pensions, family health care, wage decreases and loss of employment...

Commentary: Teamsters say vote 'no' on drinks tax  Philly.com  ...Mayor Kenney’s proposed three-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks is difficult to swallow, especially for the city’s poor, small shop owners and grocers, as well as for the Teamsters Union drivers, salesmen, merchandisers, account representatives, and soda bottling plant workers. The regressive tax is now being spun by the administration as the only way it can afford to pay for its ambitious new proposals, which is simply untrue...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Hundreds of thousands protest over French jobs reform  Economic Times  ...Hundreds of thousands of French students and workers took to the streets in protest at labour reforms Wednesday, heaping pressure on President Francois Hollande's already unpopular and fractured Socialist government. The plan, aimed at boosting hiring, would remove some of the obstacles to laying off workers...

Nigeria: Fuel Queues Persist as Oil Workers End Strike  All Africa  ...Oil workers yesterday suspended the day-old strike they embarked upon to protest a major restructuring at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Fuel queues however persist in major cities across the country despite the suspension of the industrial action, Daily Trust findings showed...

Free trade an issue on both sides heading into Ohio  Boston Globe  ...Like Michigan, Ohio has seen its fair share of job losses that some attribute to free-trade policies that have encouraged outsourcing and increased imports. In 2015, Ohio lost 115,000 jobs due to free-trade deals, according to a study released this month by the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank focused on conditions of low- and middle-income workers. The study found that Michigan ranked first for the most job loss due to free trade last year, while Ohio ranked sixth...

Free Trade Loses Political Favor  Wall Street Journal  ...After decades in which successive Republican and Democratic presidents have pushed to open U.S. and global markets, resentment toward free trade now appears to have the upper hand in both parties, making passage this year of a sweeping Pacific trade deal far less likely and clouding the longer-term outlook for international economic exchange...

TPP remains hot issue in US election campaign  Today  ...United States President Barack Obama is fully committed to pushing for Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, despite anti-trade sentiment gaining steam on the presidential election campaign trail, said national security adviser Susan Rice early yesterday morning...

UC Berkeley researchers raise corporate misconduct concerns regarding Trans-Pacific Partnership in report  Daily Californian  ...The report alleged failings of the TPP in three key areas: democratic participation, transparency and public accountability. Co-author of the report Hossein Ayazi, a graduate research assistant for the Haas Institute’s Global Justice Program, alleged in an email that the TPP would harm the livelihoods of millions of individuals internationally...

AFL-CIO: Bad trade deals kill American jobs  USA Today  ...Much of the attention in this highly charged presidential election is focused on an issue that is usually guarded by elites: international trade. Tuesday’s primary results in Michigan prove that Americans have a deep-seated opposition to job-killing trade policies. Politicians at all levels in both parties need to remember that consequences exist for dismissing the anger their constituents feel about bad trade deals...

Taking Action Against Austerity, Greek Activists Block Home Foreclosures  Truthout  ...Once again, Greece is in the throes of domestic unrest. Despite the fact that global solidarity movements and the mainstream media have seemingly forgotten about Greece following last July's referendum, in recent weeks, Greeks have been taking action. Farmers have set up roadblocks in hundreds of locations throughout Greece and have descended upon the capital; lawyers are on strike...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

California bill would let gig workers organize, negotiate  SF Gate  ...Gig workers such as Uber and Lyft drivers, as well as many other contractors, would gain the right to collectively bargain over wages and working conditions under legislation being considered in California. “As our economy innovates, so should our labor laws,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, a former labor leader who proposed AB1727, the California 1099 Self-Organizing Act...

State Senate panel amends voter ID bill  Register-Herald  ...Senators on the Judiciary Committee amended a bill this week that would have required voters to present photo identification at the polls. The strike and insert amendment included other documentation such as the voter registration card, Social Security card and utility bills. Also, if poll workers recognize the voter, identification is not required, according to the bill... 

Louisiana Will Tax Its Poor To Fill Budget Hole Caused By Tax Cuts For The Rich  Think Progress  ...Louisianans will pay more and get back less under a compromise struck Wednesday over the state’s enormous budget gap. The deal raises sales taxes by 25 percent — from four cents on the dollar to five — and applies the higher rate to a number of transactions that had previously been exempt from sales taxes. It also falls $830 million short of fixing the state’s problems, making further cuts likely to services that have already been gutted...

A Voter-ID Battle in Texas  The Atlantic  ...The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday it would rehear a case on Texas’s voter-ID law with its full complement of judges, setting up a major voting-rights battle ahead of the 2016 elections. Wednesday’s order underscores the increased power of the federal appellate courts while Justice Antonin Scalia’s former seat remains vacant on the U.S. Supreme Court...

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf calls for statewide increase to minimum wage  Post-Gazette  ...Three days after Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order requiring state workers under his jurisdiction be paid at least $10.15 an hour, he appeared at a Strip District distillery to call on state legislators to pass a minimum wage increase for all Pennsylvanian workers. “You’ve got to treat your workers fairly. There is a moral issue there. But there’s also a practical issue. It makes good business sense"...

What you ought to know about the blockbuster McDonald’s hearing today in New York  Washington Post  ...Today, March 10, in a courtroom in New York City, McDonald's representatives are scheduled to take the stand in a hearing that could have deep implications for worker power in one of America's largest low-wage industries. To be clear, it really began in the late fall of 2012, when labor activists and fast food workers mounted a spate of protests over low pay at McDonald's locations in New York City... 

 

U.S. LABOR

Union coalition blasts NJ Transit for threatening striking workers  Daily News  ...An NJ Transit rail shutdown loomed even larger ahead of the Sunday deadline after the union coalition blasted the agency Thursday for threatening striking workers. A coalition spokesman at the talks in Newark’s Hilton Hotel denounced a letter to workers Thursday from NJ Transit’s general manager, Robert Lavell, warning that employees on sick leave would see their paychecks stop and striking employees would lose their health insurance...

Long-Haul Sweatshops  (opinion) NY Times  ...Congress needs to give the Department of Labor the power to regulate truck drivers’ working conditions, and mandate that it coordinate its policies with the Department of Transportation. The upshot should be to extend the variety of workplace protections available to almost all American workers to the millions of men and women driving the nation’s commercial trucking fleet...

Burlington, IBEW avoid arbitration, sign new contract  Vermont Biz  ...Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the successful negotiation of the contract between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 300 and the City. The agreement between IBEW Local 300, the union that represents 79 staff members of the Burlington Electric Department (BED), and the City, was the first in many years to be reached without the need for arbitration or fact-finding...

The door-to-door union killers: rightwing foundation takes labor fight to the streets  The Guardian  ...A conservative group, the Freedom Foundation, has dispatched activists to visit the homes of more than 10,000 childcare and home-care workers in Washington and Oregon to advise them that under a two-year-old supreme court decision, they can opt out of paying union dues...

County Council ratifies 4-year contract with AFSCME  Herald Net  ...A new four-year contract covering Snohomish County's largest public sector union was ratified unanimously Monday by the County Council. The approval was widely anticipated after union members overwhelmingly voted to accept the deal last week. The contract applies to county employees who belong to the AFSCME-affiliated Washington State Council of County and City Employees...

Graduate Employees at Yale Charter New Local Union  Unite Here  ...Over 1,500 Yale graduate employees and allies gathered at the Omni Hotel in downtown New Haven Wednesday to participate in the founding convention of a new local union for graduate teachers and researchers on Yale’s campus: UNITE HERE Local 33...

Chicago Teachers Union Rallies with Community and Labor Allies Ahead of April 1 Mass Action  In These Times  ...Activists from across Chicago gathered in downtown Chicago last night to demonstrate a united front in the face of continuing budget cuts and austerity measures proposed by state and city officials and a potentially impending strike of the Chicago Teachers Union. Representatives from transit workers union ATU 308, AFSCME Council 31, the Black Youth Project (BYP) 100, University Professionals of Illinois Local 4100 and the Chicago Student Union joined CTU President Karen Lewis in calling for solidarity...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Canada, US Unveil Plan to Slash Methane, But No Fracking Ban  Common Dreams  ...Canada and the United States announced on Thursday joint plans to tackle climate change including slashing methane emissions—a decision welcomed by environmental groups who charge that President Barack Obama still has more steps to take to protect communities and secure a legacy as a climate leader...

Will Amazon Logistics become a competitor of UPS? And does it matter?  Insider Louisville  ...Amazon has acknowledged that it’s quietly building a fleet of planes, trucks and ships, all aimed at getting into the logistics business. Does that mean it’s dropping its relationship with United Parcel Service and its other commercial carriers? Or maybe even going into direct competition with them?...

New Study Confirms Race Plays Role in Sentencing Nonviolent Offenders  Truthout  ...The American justice system has come under close scrutiny over the past few years. A multitude of heartbreaking cases from Eric Garner to Tamir Rice have sparked movements calling for a comprehensive overhaul of both police and court systems. And now, more scientific studies than ever are backing up these calls with hard evidence of racial bias...

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