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Today's Teamster News For March 18, 2016

TEAMSTERS

Port Trucking Company Files for Bankruptcy Protection  Wall Street Journal  ...TTSI works primarily with independent truckers who own or lease their own vehicles. That model has increasingly come under attack in recent years, particularly at the Southern California ports, which are served by more than 10,000 local drayage drivers. Backed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, drivers working with several local companies have filed wage claims...

Army, industry partners prep Soldiers for jobs  DVIDS  ...Soldiers who do not have experience as truck drivers or electrical engineers or in other trades are not automatically screened out. James P. Hoffa, the general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters emphasized the importance of helping transitioning Service members. "We have to make that happen," he said. "It's a dream we've had. It's finally coming together"...

Seattle-area Teamsters back off St. Patrick's Day strike  Business Journal  ...Teamsters Local 174 called off a strike apparently planned to disrupt St. Patrick’s Day. Talks between the union, which represents 360 drivers and warehouse workers at Columbia Distributing in Kent, and the company broke down last week because of issues involving health care costs...

Judge rules against WVU in Teamsters' FOIA lawsuit  West Virginia Record  ...A circuit judge has ruled against West Virginia University Board of Governors in a Freedom of Information Act suit filed last month by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Ken Hall, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer and President of Teamsters Local 175 in South Charleston, called the ruling a victory for all West Virginia workers. "GOP leaders leaned heavily on this study as the reason why West Virginia should enact anti-worker legislation," Hall said...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Georgia Coal Miners, Factory Workers Win Two Key Strikes  Solidarity Center  ...In Georgia, coal miners in Tkibuli and glass factory workers in Ksani recently made big gains at the workplace with the assistance of the Metal Workers, Miners and Chemical Industry Workers’ Trade Union (MMCIWTU) and the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation (GTUC). Despite tough opposition from their employers, both groups of workers waged successful strikes and won significant wage increases...

Fed up with Santos, Colombia’s workers, students and farmers go on strike  Colombia Reports  ...Colombia’s largest labor unions and a myriad of social and student organizations begun a major national strike on Thursday, citing major nonconformity with the government’s socio-economic policies. The strike is organized by labor unions, farmers, truckers, miners, students and citizen groups...

Nigeria: Ogun Workers Suspend 10-Day Strike  AllAfrica  ...Striking Ogun State workers on Wednesday evening suspended their 10-day strike, with a promise to resume work Thursday. The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council in conjunction with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) had called on workers to shun work following the failure by the state government to address their grievances, including salary deductions, contributory pension and issues about gratuity...

Bahrain Union Congress Stands up for Democracy  Solidarity Center  ...Even as trade union representatives from Tunisia and other trade unionists were barred from entering Bahrain to attend the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) Congress, hundreds of union members participated in open, spirited discussions and held free elections, capped by the secretary-general’s call for continuing the democratic process...

Fairness of TPP Hearings Questioned by Activists  The Tyee  ...Groups concerned about the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement say they're only hearing last minute when stakeholder consultations about the pact will be held, preventing them from meaningfully airing their opinions. Sujata Dey of the Council of Canadians said she believes the federal government isn't interested in hearing the public's concerns...

TPP taking a backseat to SCOTUS?  Politico  ...members of the business community have come away from meetings with senior administration officials including Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, NEC Chair Jeff Zients and USTR Michael Froman worried that the new fight over Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination could sap White House staff time and political capital away from an effort to get the Trans Pacific Partnership through Congress...

No Chance of TTIP Signing Before US Elections – Ex-Italian PM   Sputnik News  ...The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal between Washington and Brussels will not be signed before the United States holds presidential elections later this year, former Prime Minister of Italy and former President of the European Commission Romano Prodi said Friday. Negotiations on the US-EU deal have been ongoing between Washington and Brussels since 2013...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Delaware House panel OKs pro-union bill  Delaware State News  ...More than 100 people packed the House chamber Wednesday as the Labor Committee debated a Democratic-backed bill that gives unions greater control over state-funded construction projects. The committee voted to release the legislation to the floor, despite facing a hostile audience that booed at the meeting’s closure. Rep. Michael Ramone, R-Pike Creek Valley, was the only committee member to vote against releasing House Bill 283...

Right-to-work amendment passed in Alabama Senate  WHNT  ...The Alabama Senate has passed legislation reiterating Alabama’s position as a so-called “right-to-work” state. Senators on Thursday passed the amendment 25 votes to 9. Alabama voters will now have the chance to approve the amendment at the ballot box...

House defeats bid to raise minimum wage to $13.25 an hour  Hutch News  ...The House defeated an amendment to a bill on procedural grounds Thursday - one that would nearly double the minimum wage in Kansas to $13.25 an hour during a three-year period. Instead, the Republican-led chamber advanced legislation to prohibit cities and counties from establishing minimum wages above $7.25 an hour without authorization of the Kansas Legislature...

Battle for NY minimum wage increase heats up  NCPR  ...Lobbying for and against the minimum-wage increase intensified at the New York State Capitol, with just over two weeks to go until the budget deadline. Union workers gathered at a rally outside the State Capitol where the main speaker was Governor Cuomo. “We’re going to get a $15 minimum wage passed!” Cuomo shouted...

Black Kids in Mississippi Are Being Systematically Denied the Services They Are Entitled To  The Nation  ...While the national political spotlight has faded from Mississippi since the primary vote, its poorest families are now getting the wrong kind of attention from Washington: The US Commission on Civil Rights has issued a scathing report detailing how both childcare providers and families are systematically cheated out of their entitled social welfare resources...

Governor Blocks $2.85 Minimum Wage Increase After Giving Staffers $73,405 Raises  Think Progress  ...When the city Birmingham, Alabama voted last month to give its lowest-paid workers a $2.85 raise, Republican Gov. Robert Bentley signed a bill banning Alabama cities from raising their minimum wages at all. Now, news has emerged that Bentley recently gave four of his cabinet members $73,405 raises — an 80 percent increase from the $91,000 salaries they were making previously...

 

U.S. LABOR

UAW wants to organize Fuyao, local president says  Dayton Daily News  ...United Auto Workers organizers are in town in a bid to organize the workforce at Fuyao Auto Glass, Brian Martin, president of UAW Local 696, said Thursday. “We need a living wage, and we need benefits that support families, not just support companies,” he said. Martin said the organizers are using the 696 union hall on Alwildy Avenue... 

Judge: Chipotle's social media policy violates US labor laws  NBC  ...An administrative judge found Chipotle's social media policy violated federal labor laws while ruling in favor of a Philadelphia-area employee who was fired after criticizing the company on Twitter last year. The Colorado-based fast-food chain must offer to rehire 38-year-old James Kennedy and pay him for lost wages...

NLRB shuts down McDonald's subpoena bid  Politico  ...The NLRB on Thursday prohibited McDonald’s from subpoenaing a communications firm and other contractors hired by SEIU as part of the union’s Fight for $15 campaign. A divided board ruled that an agency judge rightfully revoked subpoenas against the progressive communications group BerlinRosen and others, saying the proposed subpoena was not relevant to McDonald’s’ defense in the agency’s joint employer trial...

Charter school in the I Can network becomes first in city to unionize  Cleveland.com  ... Teachers and staff at an I Can charter school voted today to join the Ohio Federation of Teachers, making it the first charter school in Cleveland to be unionized, and one of the first in the state. With an 18 to 4 vote, the 29 teachers and staff will now be represented by a local unit called the Cleveland Alliance of Charter School Teachers and Staff and will start pursuing a contract with the network...

Sen. Brown proposes anti-wage theft legislation  Cincinnati.com  ...In the wake of Cincinnati becoming the first Ohio city to pass a wage theft ordinance, one of Ohio's senators is trying to bring the momentum nationwide. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act Wednesday. The legislation would give workers the right to receive full compensation for all of the work they perform...

Where Would Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland Stand on Labor Issues?  In These Times  ...It’s hard to give him a clear political label, but Garland does not seem to be as progressive on workers’ rights issues as Scalia was reactionary. In 2010 Tom Goldstein, publisher of SCOTUSblog, wrote that Garland was “essentially the model, neutral judge." That sentiment may be important for labor issues before the Supreme Court, which has frequently acted to restrain the National Labor Relations Board and crimp worker rights in decades past...

How Sunday stopped being special for the American worker  Washington Post  ...This month, workers who have been with Walmart for at least five years received a one-time bump in their paychecks. A couple hundred extra dollars is usually welcome, but this time, it actually symbolizes a loss: No longer will those workers receive premium pay for their Sunday shifts, as the idea of compensating people for toiling on what some consider a day of rest fades from American business... 

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Inequality and "Trickle Up" Economics  Gawker  ... In Bloomberg today, Mark Buchanan describes new research into mathematical models of economies that experience great inequality. In such economies, as inequality reaches a certain level, money starts naturally flowing towards the wealthy, which only makes inequality worse...

Financial Industry Allies "Preempt" Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Payday Lending Fight  Truthout  ...Conservatives are assailing a rule on payday lending currently being formulated by the Obama administration as an attack on states' rights. Right-wing members of the House Financial Services Committee accused the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of trying to "preempt" state law, in its impending regulatory initiative focusing on short-term loans...

Snyder admits EM law failed in Flint water issue  The Detroit News  ...Democratic lawmakers on Thursday targeted Gov. Rick Snyder with sharp attacks, pointed questions and calls to resign as he discussed the Flint water contamination crisis in testimony before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “As governor of a state that failed and poisoned its own people, don’t you have a moral responsibility to resign?” asked Rep. Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania...

All Eyes on Flint, but Drinking Water Crisis Stretches Nationwide  Common Dreams  ...News reporting from around the country reveals that the problem of lead-contamination afflicts communities nationwide. A multi-part USA Today investigation published this week identified almost 2,000 additional water systems in all 50 states where testing has shown excessive levels of lead contamination over the past four years... 

New Bill Would Turn GOP's Xenophobic Rhetoric About Refugees Into Law  The Intercept  ...The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would reduce the already small number of refugees allowed into the United States, and effectively codify the bigotry of Donald Trump and other GOP candidates. The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act (H.R. 4731) would impose new caps on refugee resettlement limits, discriminate on religious grounds...

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