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Today's Teamster News For April 6, 2016

TEAMSTERS

Hoffa: It Gets Worse if TPP is Enacted  Detroit News  ...The Teamsters and many other pro-worker allies have written repeatedly about the devastating lasting effects of bad trade deals in Michigan and across the U.S. But during the presidential primary, the importance of the issue finally caught the nation’s attention. Michigan voters across the political spectrum showed both the candidates and the media that concerns about lousy trade deals like NAFTA and the TPP can’t be ignored...

MillerCoors plans first Eden brewery job cuts for June 3  Winston-Salem Journal  ...On March 31, Roy Cooper, the state’s attorney general and the Democratic nominee for governor, said during a Teamsters rally outside the plant that he would like the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the decision. If MillerCoors does not want to operate the facility, both Cooper and Teamster officials encouraged the company to find a buyer...

Living Wage Healthcare Amendment Passes in Miami-Dade  Local 769  ...Teamsters Local 769, along with help from the South Florida AFL-CIO, SEIU, South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, and Catalyst Miami, have fought to pass the Living Wage Healthcare Amendment in Miami-Dade County. On April 5, 2016 Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted 12 to 1 in favor of passing the amendment which will help thousands of working families access affordable healthcare...

Allina Teamsters Give Required Notice of Intent to Strike  Local 120  ...Local 120 members at Allina Health Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment have given management the legally required notice of their intent to conduct a work stoppage on Monday April 11th. The Allina Local 120 members voted unanimously to authorize strike action on March 19th after three bargaining sessions yielded minimal progress...

Local 727 Osco Bargaining Committee Prepares for Contract Negotiations  Local 727  ..The Teamsters Local 727 Bargaining Committee came together April 4 to prepare for contract negotiations with Osco management, which are set to begin April 12. The Local 727 Bargaining Committee — composed of Osco pharmacist stewards, union representatives and attorneys — spent the day going through the union’s draft proposal...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

South Africa: Fedics Workers Strike for R4,000 a Month  AllAfrica  ...Striking employees of catering company Fedics Food Services have vowed not to return to work until management agrees to their demands, including a minimum wage of R4,000 a month. Workers who spoke to GroundUp said they earned about R3,000 a month...

Thousands Strike at Specialty Distiller in China's Sichuan  Radio Free Asia  ...Thousands of workers at a specialty distiller in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan are continuing to strike over mass layoffs at the company despite weekend clashes between workers and police. Workers at the Sichuan Tuopai Shede Wine Co. in Sichuan's Suining tangled with riot police on Sunday night after several thousand angry protesters gathered outside the distillery...

Bangladesh: Garment Workers, Unions Demand Justice on Anniversary of Activist’s Murder  Solidarity Center  ...Four years after the tortured, lifeless body of Bangladesh garment worker organizer Aminul Islam was discovered in a ditch, his killers have yet to be arrested. Yesterday the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF) and Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS) demanded that authorities find and bring Aminul’s killers to trial...

Eggs Fly in Iceland as Panama Papers Spark Populist Anger in the Streets  Common Dreams  ...Foretelling the kind of public backlash other ultra-rich tax dodgers can expect following the weekend release of the so-called Panama Papers, tens of thousands of Icelanders rallied in Reykjavik on Monday demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. Gunnlaugsson is just one of the officials facing reprisal after a massive leak of 11.5 million documents...

Taking the TPP temperature  Politico  ...If you’re feeling like the Trans-Pacific Partnership doesn’t have much chance of passing this year, you’re not alone. During a lunchtime discussion of foreign policy and trade experts, Commerce Undersecretary for International Trade Stefan Selig was practically the only person who was optimistic that the deal could go through this year, our Doug Palmer reports from New York...

Momentum for Pacific Trade Deal Sapped in Election Year  New York Times  ...The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, a linchpin of Mr. Obama’s “pivot” toward Asia for American economic and foreign policy, represents his top remaining priority before Congress. And the accord has taken a serious political beating. One by one, mainstream Republican candidates reflecting the party establishment’s modern pro-trade consensus have fallen...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

A victory for paid sick leave; bill approved by Maryland House  Washington Post  ...The Maryland House of Delegates on Tuesday approved a bill that would require employers with at least 15 workers to provide paid sick leave for employees, a benefit currently mandated in only four U.S. states. The measure now moves to the Senate, where lawmakers said it faces steep odds...

Nevada, a Tax Haven for Only $174  The Atlantic  ...Nevada showed up prominently in the Panama Papers, the recent leak of 11 million documents from the law firm Mossack Fonseca (MF), the Panamanian firm that specializes in shell corporations. Places like the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, and the British Virgin Islands, have traditionally been where the wealthy send their money to avoid taxes, but this has been changing, perhaps most dramatically since 2007...

North Carolina Just Lost 400 Jobs Because Of Its Anti-LGBT Law  Think Progress  ...PayPal announced Tuesday morning that it has abandoned its plans for a massive global operations center, which would have brought 400 new jobs to Charlotte, North Carolina. The company was unequivocal that the decision was made because of the state’s passage of HB2, a sweeping law that blocks cities from enacting LGBT nondiscrimination protections...

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Could Hurt College Students’ Participation In Primary, General Elections  IBTimes  ...Experts said voter ID legislation in effect in Wisconsin and 32 other states could particularly hurt candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders, who relies on young people and has recently denounced the law. It could also possibly foretell issues with national youth turnout in November. "There's been a little bit of confusion on campuses around which regular student IDs work for voting and which don't," said Joe Zepecki, a Democratic strategist...

In Shock to Wall Street & Washington, Puerto Rico Moves to Suspend Payments on $72B Public Debt   Democracy Now  ...The Puerto Rican Senate and the House of Representatives have both passed an emergency declaration authorizing the governor to suspend payments on $72 billion in public debt—setting up a dramatic showdown between Puerto Rico and hedge funds amid the island’s historic debt crisis. The bill authorizes the Puerto Rican governor to "protect the health, security and public welfare ... [by] using government funds first and foremost for public services"...

Will the next president stand with workers?  (opinion) Journal Sentinel  ...Bold executive action for workers can start to undo the damage done by President Reagan, Governor Walker, and others in the GOP. According to the public policy group, Demos, the U.S. Government is the largest low-wage job creator in the country—bigger than McDonald's and Wal-Mart combined. With the stroke of the pen, the next president can put an end to taxpayer-subsidized poverty jobs...

 

U.S. LABOR

Issues remain in USW, ArcelorMittal contract talks  Chicago Tribune  ...Two key issues — retiree health care and job classes — remain unresolved as United Steelworkers members working at ArcelorMittal mills enter into their seventh month without a new contract, a local union official said. The USW's contract with both ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel expired Sept. 1. Both sides continue to negotiate, officials said...

Polar Tank Trailer to close Springfield plant; workers have been striking since February  News-Leader  ...Minnesota-based Polar Tank Trailer announced Tuesday that it will close its manufacturing facility in Springfield. The union that represents many of the workers at the plant has been on strike since early February. Roger Bricker, spokesman for United Steelworkers Local 11-770, said striking union members learned of the decision at 1 p.m... 

Low unemployment, check. Low underemployment, not check.  Washington Post  ...For the past six months, the unemployment rate has toggled between 4.9 and 5 percent, about the rate many economists consider the lowest jobless rate consistent with stable inflation. Does that mean we’ve arrived at the critical destination for an economic expansion? No, because at 9.8 percent, underemployment is still too high...

Wall Street Won’t Be Able To Bilk Retirees Anymore  Think Progress  ...Up until now, the financial advisers who help retirees decide where to put their investments could legally steer clients toward decisions that made themselves more money at their clients’ expense. Now that practice will be against the rules. On Wednesday, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule that will require those advisers to adhere to a “fiduciary standard,” or in other words to always put clients’ interests ahead of their own...

Union-Hating Retailer Vows Not to Build Store as Long as Obama Is President  Gawker  ...Menards is an enormous, privately held home improvement chain owned by a union-hating Republican billionaire. They are now vying for the title of Most Extreme Corporate Overreaction to the 2016 election. Menards spokesperson Jessie O’Mara told the local paper yesterday that construction of a new store will be delayed due not to local business conditions or to corporate financial issues, but to something much larger...

Wreaths placed at UBB memorial 6 years after deadly mine disaster  Metro News  ...On April 5, 2010, a coal dust explosion ripped through Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County nearly 1,000 feet underground. “It was kind of a surreal experience because no one knew for days what was really going on,” said Sheila Combs, president of the Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group. The disaster left 29 men dead and two injured...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Revealed: The Chamber of Commerce Strategy to Kill Empathy of Its Members  Common Dreams  ...Newly leaked materials reveal just how far the business lobby group goes in order to hide that fact that many of the people and businesses it claims to represent don't actually agree with the regressive policies the Chamber pushes on local, state, and national governments...

It’s Off: The End of Pfizer’s $160 Billion Allergan Merger  The Atlantic  ...Pfizer has called off its proposed $160 billion merger with Allergan, a deal that would have moved the biggest American drug maker to Ireland to reduce the company’s taxes. The decision, which came Wednesday morning, followed rules this week announced by the U.S. Treasury Department that targeted such deals...

'Did You Have Your Eyes Stitched Closed?' Warren Blasts Former Fed Official  Common Dreams  ...At a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday—which was described as "little more than another attempt to rail against Wall Street regulation"—U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren spent seven minutes tearing into former Federal Reserve deputy director Leonard Chanin, a man she said "might have one of the worst track records in history on this issue"...