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Today's Teamster News For March 30, 2016

TEAMSTERS

Teamsters Endorse Yuh-Line Niou for NY Assembly  NYC Teamsters  ...Two of New York City’s largest organizations of labor unions – Teamsters Joint Council 16, which represents over 120,000 workers in New York City and Puerto Rico and The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York representing over 100,000 working men and women in our region, today strongly endorsed Yuh-Line Niou for State Assembly. Niou is running, as the Working Families candidate to fill the vacant seat in the 65th Assembly District...

Attorney General Cooper To Address MillerCoors Workers At Eden Brewery  Morning Star  ...North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will address workers outside MillerCoors' award-winning Eden brewery tomorrow. "Closing the brewery will eliminate roughly 12 percent of MillerCoors' production capacity and we believe will lead to higher prices for consumers in North Carolina," said Vernon Gammon, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 391 which represents the Eden brewery workers...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Cambodia: Protests Decry Anti-Worker Labor Law  Solidarity Center  ...Workers across Cambodia are waging rallies to protest a draft labor law that, according to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), does not meet basic worker rights standards under international law. Carrying signs reading, “Do not create a law that oppresses worker rights” and “Workers survive because of good laws,” workers are taking a stand against the law...

Audi workers in Hungary threaten to strike over pay  Auto News Europe  ...Audi workers in Hungary are threatening to strike unless they get a back-dated pay rise. AHFSZ, a trade union at Audi's factory in Gyor, Hungary, has formed a strike committee and is seeking a 20,000 forint (64 euro) per month wage hike back-dated to Jan. 1, along with a one-off 100,000 forint bonus and higher employee benefits...

Why Trade Critics Are Getting Traction  Wall Street Journal  ...Labor economists David Autor, David Dorn and Gordon Hanson have found, in a paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, that import penetration from China has been responsible for up to 20% of U.S. job losses in manufacturing since the end of the 20th century. In the process, they say, China’s advance has “toppled much of the received empirical wisdom about the impact of trade on labor markets”...

Simmering for Decades, Anger About Trade Boils Over in ’16 Election  New York Times  ...at perhaps the least likely moment in the last several decades, misgivings about globalization are playing a starring role in the presidential election. Why now? Anger about unbalanced trade has helped to fuel the rise of Donald J. Trump, the Republican front-runner, and the success of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in his bid for the Democratic nomination... 

Think Trump’s 45 Percent Tariffs Are Bad? Try Obama’s 10,000 Percent Tariffs   Bill Moyers  ...The Obama administration is pushing for stronger and longer patent and related protections in the TPP and other trade deals. Unfortunately most media outlets are perfectly happy with protectionism when the main beneficiaries are drug companies. It is only when someone proposes protectionist measures with the idea that they could help ordinary workers that they get upset...

Bad trade deals cost Wisconsin good jobs  (opinion) Journal Sentinel  ...There is a growing chorus of concern about the passage of a new trade deal that threatens to ship Wisconsin jobs overseas. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a NAFTA-style trade deal that would lead to the outsourcing of good, family-supporting jobs in Wisconsin by creating an uneven playing field for American workers...

Brazil's Lula calls for end to austerity, return to growth  Reuters  ...Lula said the Workers' Party had lost part of its base during an austerity push and urged a return to the party's roots of empowering the poor and middle class. "We need to present an economic proposal that can recover the hope of these people," he said. "Stop talking about cuts and start talking about investment"...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

New York mulls two-tier minimum wage in push for $15/hour  Reuters  ...Officials negotiating New York's budget are considering capping the minimum wage in less affluent regions so they can raise it to $15 per hour in wealthier areas like New York City, according to top-ranking lawmakers. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has made a $15 state-wide hourly minimum wage a priority and is trying to push it through with the state's $145 billion fiscal spending plan...

After Supreme Court deadlock, union fee battle moves to Oregon ballot  The Bulletin  ...Absent the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked Tuesday on a case that threatened to gut the power of public employee unions. The case had implications for Oregon, which is gearing up for a fight between unions and a group seeking to pass a ballot measure that would allow public employees like teachers and others to choose whether to be represented by a union...

Arizona Voters Are Furious About Their Election Mess  Mother Jones  ...Maricopa County, Arizona, elections officials came under heavy pressure by state legislators on Monday to explain why thousands of voters waited for hours to cast ballots in the state's most populous county during last week's statewide Republican and Democratic presidential nominating contests...

City proposes $15/hr. 'living wage' for its workers  Cincinnati.com  ...One of every five city of Cincinnati workers could get raises under a series of proposed city labor and workplace safety reforms proposed Tuesday by Mayor John Cranley. If approved by City Council, the changes would create a city prevailing wage law, raise the city’s living wage to $15 per hour for its full-time employees and $10.10 per hour for its part-time and seasonal workers... 

UPMC to boost minimum starting wages to $15 an hour  WTAE  ...Pittsburgh's UPMC, the region's largest employer, will increase minimum starting salaries for entry-level positions at most Pittsburgh facilities by 2021. UPMC announced Tuesday that minimum starting wages for its entry-level employees will be $15 per hour by January 2021 in most of its hospitals... 

Wisconsin: Here’s how you know the state’s voter ID law is a complete sham  (opinion) Salon  ...The legislature in Wisconsin couldn’t care less when it comes to improving its elections. Because that is not what its voter ID law is about: "On April 5, when voters cast ballots in Wisconsin’s Republican and Democratic primaries, the state’s controversial voter ID bill will face its biggest test"...

N.J.'s expensive, so why is the minimum wage so low?  (editorial)  NJ.com  ...Democratic leaders in the state Legislature will try again to win support for raising New Jersey's minimum hourly wage to $15 over five years – and they're coming into their crusade armed with compelling figures on how many people will be affected positively if the measure gains traction...

 

U.S. LABOR

Strike is back on for SEIU U.S. airport workers seeking higher pay, job protections  Washington Post  ...The 24-hour strike workers had planned at several major U.S. airports last week, then postponed after the Brussels terrorist attacks, is back on. Service workers, including cleaners, security officers and baggage handlers, plan to walk off their jobs Wednesday night, in a demand for better wages and union rights...

UNITE-HERE Mass. Polartec Workers Try To Stop Company’s Move to Low-wage South  In These Times  ...Polartec, best known for inventing polar fleece, provides materials for companies like Patagonia, The North Face and LL Bean, as well as the U.S. military. The company has operated the factory since 1906. Once a thriving factory town, Lawrence has seen numerous factories close in the last few decades as domestic manufacturing has left in search of cheaper labor markets in the South and overseas...

IBEW local union No. 2337 acts to protect jobs  Daily Tribune  ...Local Union 2337 has taken the initiative to protect its members’ jobs by intervening in the Texas vs. US EPA case challenging EPA’s regional haze rule for Texas.  The union’s motion to intervene was filed on March 18, 2016. Luminant and other Texas utilities are faced with extreme demands to retrofit scrubbers to protect visibility at distant national parks and wilderness areas...

Government seeks maximum jail, fine for Blankenship  Gazette-Mail  ...Arguing that Don Blankenship made a “cold-blooded decision to gamble with the lives of the men and women who worked for him,” prosecutors on Monday urged a federal judge to sentence the former Massey Energy Co. CEO to the maximum sentence allowed under a law government attorneys said provides for only “paltry” punishment for mine safety and health crimes...

MSU could lose $500k for offering labor courses  Michigan Radio  ...Michigan State University could risk losing $500,000 if it does not stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization. A state Senate panel approved a measure Thursday banning courses at public universities that promote or discourage organizing efforts. It’s a reaction to MSU’s recent decision to take over some programs from the National Labor College...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

'Wake-Up Call' Study Finds Link Between Fracking and Toxic Water  Common Dreams  ...A study published Tuesday has found that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, had a "clear impact" on the groundwater in Pavillion, Wyoming, raising new concerns over the drilling method. "This is a wake-up call," said Dominic DiGiulio, lead author of the Stanford University study. "It's perfectly legal to inject stimulation fluids into underground drinking water resources. This may be causing widespread impacts on drinking water resources"...

Flint Is a Casualty in the Right Wing's War on Local Democracy  (opinion) PR Watch  ...This month's hearing in Congress about the crisis in Flint, Michigan shed more heat than light on the decisions that poisoned the water more than 100,000 residents rely on to drink and bathe, including nearly 30,000 children and teens. Republicans predictably tried to deflect blame onto the Environmental Protection Agency as part of their long-standing campaign to eliminate the agency responsible for regulating polluters...

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