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Today's Teamster News For April 20, 2016

TEAMSTERS

Flight Attendants At Trans States Airlines Ratify Six-Year Agreement  Teamster.org  ...Yesterday, flight attendants at Trans States Airlines voted by a more than two-to-one margin to ratify a six-year collective bargaining agreement. The contract will take effect immediately. There are more than 280 workers in the unit...

Teamster Local Unions Recommend Costco Members Ratify New Tentative Agreement  Teamster.org  ...Teamster local unions on the East Coast and in California that represent 16,000 Costco members are recommending ratification of a new tentative agreement after members rejected an earlier proposal last month. Since the previous offer was voted down, the parties met and negotiated a tentative agreement that now has the full recommendation of the bargaining committee...

Costco changes stance on pension, Teamsters recommends new contract  Yahoo News  ...Teamsters unions representing 16,000 workers of Costco Wholesale Corp on Tuesday recommended their members approve a new contract offer from the retailer that they said would secure larger pension contributions throughout an employee's career...

Teamsters Fighting For Union Rights of Florida Correctional Officers  Teamster.org  ... Teamsters Local 2011, which represents 17,000 Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) officers, is in the process of filing an unfair labor practice charge against the FDOC to preserve the rights of newly-promoted correctional and probation officers...

Teamsters, Community Groups Escalate Protests Against Abuses in Chipotle's Supply Chain  Teamster.org  ...Hundreds of Teamsters and allies from Working Partnerships USA and Jobs with Justice protested outside Chipotle Mexican Grills across the country last week to educate consumers about food safety issues with Taylor Farms, a supplier to Chipotle...

Sen. Tammy Baldwin urges Treasury Department to back Teamsters  NBC  ...Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is lending her support to protesting Teamsters seeking to win back their pensions. The action of senator comes after nearly 4,000 Teamsters protested on Capitol Hill last week. Baldwin believes the pension cuts of nearly 30-70% are morally wrong and says workers earned those benefits...

Teamsters Trek to D.C. for Pension Protest  Labor Press  ...More than 1,000 retired Teamsters, many traveling from as far away as Minnesota and Missouri, rallied outside the Capitol April 14 to denounce the Central States Pension Fund’s plans proposal to slash retirement checks for 272,600 members by up to 70%. The decline in union trucking firms paying into the multiemployer fund has decimated its revenues...

Schnucks ignoring 12 years of union help  (opinion) Labor Tribune  ...“For the past 12 years, we’ve partnered with Schnucks and the other major grocery chains and the other unions there through our Joint Labor-Management Committee to help them fight the unfair competition from non-union companies, both here and in Jefferson City,” Teamsters Local 688 Secretary-Treasurer Mike Goebel said...

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Kuwait Oil Workers Ending Strike After Three-Day Disruption  Bloomberg  ...Kuwait oil workers said they’ll end a strike that disrupted output in OPEC’s fourth-largest producer for three days, after the government said it wouldn’t negotiate while the walkout lasted. Workers will resume their jobs at 7 a.m. local time on Wednesday out of respect for the country’s emir after successfully showing the importance of their role in the economy...

France threatens halt to TTIP trade talks unless progress made soon  Daily Mail  ...France has threatened to block further negotiations on a new EU-U.S. free trade deal if there is no significant progress in coming months, French Trade Minister Matthias Fekl said on Tuesday. "I indicated in September that if there was no progress, we should end the negotiations. That option is still on the table," Fekl said on the sidelines of a conference about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)...

TPP would hurt small scale farmers in developing countries, groups say  IATP.org  More than 50 development, religious and sustainable agriculture groups are demanding that Congress reject the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) because of its potential impacts on small scale farmers and food production, especially those in developing countries. Under NAFTA, more than two million Mexican farmers were driven from their lands...

Japan to delay TPP ratification as quakes dominate policy debate  Nikkei Asian Review  ...The government and ruling parties will give up on ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact in the current parliamentary session.    The ruling coalition instead will aim to have the Diet ratify the trade pact and approve related legislation in an extraordinary session to be convened after the July upper house election...

Panama, Trade Agreement Promises & The TPP  (opinion) Huffington Post  ...With the presidential primary spotlighting a bipartisan trade revolt, defenders of our status quo trade policies are on the defensive. Their latest claim: the Panama Papers leak shows that the U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) with Panama fixed that nation’s infamous tax haven conduct. An actual review of the data, however, shows that the FTA seems to have incentivized more tax haven activity in Panama, not less...

Trans-Pacific Partnership consultations held in Richmond  Vancouver Sun  ...Federal officials held the first of four public consultations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in western Canada in Richmond on Monday as B.C. industry lined up solidly behind the international trade deal. TPP opponents, however, point to a number of issues with the trade pact, from the secretive negotiations to the possible impact in areas beyond trade, such as copyright law and foreign investor protection...

Labor Protesters to Resume Guggenheim Demonstrations  NY Times  ...A group of protesters critical of labor practices in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, said they would resume demonstrations aimed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which is planning to expand there. The group, Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction, or G.U.L.F., held several protests inside the museum in Manhattan in 2014 and 2015, which included the installation of fake artworks and the display of long banners...

Greece Creditors Push for More Austerity  Wall Street Journal  ...Greece’s creditors have agreed to press the country for additional austerity measures if it falls short of budget targets, a move that papers over disagreements between the lenders but could test the stability of Greece’s fragile government. European Union institutions and the International Monetary Fund are set to resume talks in Athens...

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

San Jose: Advocates push to raise minimum wage sooner than state  Mercury News  ...A new study found a quarter-million workers in Santa Clara County will see their incomes rise by nearly 20 percent, leading to "increased worker satisfaction and productivity," if the county raises the minimum wage to $15 by 2019 -- three years before the state's pay floor reaches that level. Advocates on Monday called on city officials, who met to review the study's findings, to raise San Jose's minimum wage to $15 by 2018...

Study: Illinois Union Members Get $6 Back for Every $1 They Contribute in Dues  We Party Patriots  ...A new report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute shows that Illinois union members get $6 back for every dollar they contribute in dues.  The report is timely considering the ongoing anti-union crusade of Gov. Bruce Rauner and his anti-worker “Turnaround Agenda.” The full report, “The Application and Impact of Labor Union Dues in Illinois,” draws the impressive 6-to-1 conclusion despite excluding further personal benefits... 

States Lead the Way on Paid Family Leave  (editorial) NY Times  ...California and New York have taken very different paths to a $15 minimum wage. Now, they are differing on how to provide paid family leave, in ways that are instructive for other states and for the federal government. Since 2004, workers in California have been entitled to receive 55 percent of their wages for up to six weeks of leave to care for a new child or a seriously ill relative...

Are voter ID laws the next hanging chads?  LA Times  ...By one estimate, as many as 300,000 — 9% — of Wisconsin's registered voters fell short of the state's photo ID requirements before the April 5 primary. That's more than enough to decide a close race. If November's presidential election comes down to a percentage point or two in Wisconsin — or another swing state with similarly strict voter ID laws, such as Indiana or Virginia — we could be looking at a rerun of Florida in 2000...

New York Primary: Chaos at Polling Sites, Broken Scanners & Whole Blocks Purged from Voter Rolls  Democracy Now  ...Tuesday’s voting in the New York primary was marked by chaos, particularly in Brooklyn, as tens of thousands of voters found their names had been removed from the polling rolls or that they were unable to vote at their polling station. The New York City Elections Board has confirmed that more than 125,000 Brooklyn voters had been removed from the voter rolls since November 2015...

U.S. LABOR

From Verizon to McDonald's, the Worker Strikes Back  American Prospect  ...Last week workers struck back—and just plain struck—against the squeeze on pay and benefits that has become C-suite occupants’ modus operandi for increasing returns and padding their bonuses. On Wednesday nearly 40,000 Verizon workers walked off the job in the Northeastern United States, protesting a management contract offer that they say will offshore and outsource jobs, increase their health-care costs...

UAW pushes union representation at Axalta  Macomb Daily  ...Members of United Auto Workers Local 228 set up an informational picket line at the Axalta Coating Systems manufacturing plant in Mount Clemens in advance of employees voting on forming a union later this week. The plant’s approximate 500 employees are scheduled to vote Thursday and Friday on becoming members of UAW Local 228... 

Detroit Chassis in Avon averts strike by accepting temp workers in union  Cleveland.com  ...Less than a day before temporary workers at the Detroit Chassis plant on Chester Industrial Parkway were scheduled to strike, the company agreed to their request to join a union. The plant is staffed by about 60 workers – all of them temps -- who make between $9.50 and $11.50 an hour, according to workers helping with the organizing effort to have the UAW represent them...

SEIU, Unite Here meet over proposed Airbnb deal  Politico  ...Officials from SEIU and UNITE Here will meet in Las Vegas today to resolve escalating tensions over a proposed partnership between SEIU and the home-sharing company Airbnb. News of the deal broke in the Washington Post Monday and enraged UNITE Here leaders and some housing advocates, who argue that the proposal legitimizes Airbnb’s gig-economy business model...

What’s at Stake for Working People in the SCOTUS Deferred Action Case  Jobs with Justice  ...The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in the case of United States v. Texas, a case that will determine the fate of the most significant immigration initiatives in decades. These initiatives are essential to workers’ rights and to millions of working people across the country...

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Criminal Charges Filed Against Three in Flint Water Crisis Case  Slate  ...An investigation by Michigan's attorney general into the Flint water crisis has resulted in criminal charges, including felony charges, against two Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials and one city of Flint employee. The three men—Flint laboratory and water quality supervisor Michael Glasgow and MDEQ employees Steven Busch and Michael Prysby—are all accused of "tampering with evidence" in addition to other crimes...

More than half US population lives amid dangerous air pollution, report warns  The Guardian  ...More than half of the US population lives amid potentially dangerous air pollution, with national efforts to improve air quality at risk of being reversed, a new report has warned. A total of 166 million Americans live in areas that have unhealthy levels of of either ozone or particle pollution, according to the American Lung Association... 

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