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Today's Teamster News For May 11, 2016

TEAMSTERS

Hoffa: Unions Join Together to Expose XPO for its Anti-Worker Practices  Huffington Post  ...This morning in the upscale suburbs of Connecticut, rank and file union leaders from a continent away are joining U.S. truck drivers and the Teamsters outside a shareholders’ meeting for XPO Logistics to take the company to task for its treatment of workers both here and abroad. It is a historic uniting of U.S. and European workers and unions, brought on by a company that is keeping its workers and investors in the dark...

Teamsters and Allies Denounce National Express' Treatment of Workers and Shareholders at AGM  Teamster.org  ...oday, some institutional and individual shareholders are criticizing National Express for refusing to hold a vote on a resolution at this year’s annual general meeting (AGM). The shareholders denounced the company for failing to address labour violations abroad and suppressing shareholders’ right to a vote on an issue of concern...

Teamsters continue their fight to protect their pensions  WBAY  ...Retired Teamsters say the fight to protect their pensions is just beginning, after the U.S. Treasury Department sided with them by rejecting a plan that would have enacted deep pension cuts starting in July. They’re now joining other retired Teamsters in pushing lawmakers to craft legislation to protect financially struggling pension funds around the country...

Paper workers go on strike in Delaware  Columbus Dispatch  ...Workers at International Paper in Delaware are on strike following a year of unsuccessful negotiations with the company. The strike by members of Teamsters Local 284 covers about 130 employees of the plant that makes components for corrugated boxes. The employees have been in talks with the company for about a year and have been working without a contract since June...

Crestwood police officers join the Teamsters  STL Today  ...The police department here has become the first in the St. Louis area to join the Teamsters union. Earlier this year, city officials explored outsourcing police services in the community of about 11,000 people to St. Louis County. Crestwood Officer Dion Olson said union talks were occurring in January, before officers knew their department might be disbanded...

Teamsters return to Convention Center  Philly.com  ...The Teamsters, which also lost jurisdiction with the carpenters two years ago, are back in the building. Last month, the Teamsters dropped charges that they had filed with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Canada: Private long-term care facility workers launch strike  CBC  ...The largest strike to hit private long-term care homes across Quebec starts today. For the first time ever, more than 3,000 workers will hold rotating walkouts in favour of better working conditions. This will affect 42 private long-term care homes in the province. The strike is also meant to put pressure on employers to raise wages to $15 per hour...

Pressure group targets Unilever employees with anti-TTIP billboard  PR Week  ...SumofUs has hired a mobile billboard for the day and says its plan is to drive it around the FMCG company’s London headquarters between 9am and 5pm. The billboard reads ‘U against TTIP’ and is intended to encourage employees to ask questions about their bosses’ stance on the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership...

Clinton Commits: No TPP, Fundamentally Rethink Trade Policies  Huffington Post  ...Going into the West Virginia primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has come out in opposition to a “lame duck” vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This takes her beyond her previous statements mildly opposing TPP. Clinton also made a strong statement criticizing our country’s trade agreements in general...

How Oreos Explain The 2016 Election  Huffington Post  ...The term NAFTA is practically a slur among the Mondelez workers. The 1994 deal, signed into law by President Bill Clinton, loosened trade barriers between the U.S. and Mexico, enabling American companies to seek out cheaper labor south of the border, and produce cheaper goods for American consumers. Smith said that as much as he appreciated the visit from Hillary Clinton NAFTA was very much on his mind...

Pressure mounts for social workers in the north of England. Is austerity to blame?  The Guardian  ...Two-thirds of social workers in the north of England said their workload is unmanageable – and this could be the result of austerity and budget cuts. Samantha Baron, head of social work at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “I think the standard spending review has adversely impacted upon the north and the midlands upwards and what we’ve seen is higher levels of need out there”...

Glenn Greenwald on Brazil: Goal of Rousseff Impeachment is to Boost Neoliberals & Protect Corruption  Democracy Now  ...Brazil’s Senate has forged ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, despite an earlier move by the interim house speaker to derail the process. The previous house speaker, Eduardo Cunha, had led the bid to oust Rousseff, before he himself was suspended over corruption... 

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Missouri lawmakers, businesses disagree on approach to pay equity  Columbia Missourian  ...Researchers generally agree that women, on average, earn less money than men. However, fierce disagreement surrounds proposed plans to bridge the gap. Some promote executive mandates. Others push for further legislation. Many call for no legal action whatsoever, arguing that pay inequity is best addressed by employers themselves...

West Virginia AFL-CIO, Others Launching Legal Challenge of Right to Work  AFLCIO  ...The West Virginia AFL-CIO has joined with several other unions representing the state's working people in launching a legal challenge of the Republican-led legislature’s "right to work" law. State law requires 30-day notice of any legal action against the state be given to the attorney general and the affected agency’s chief officer... 

Walker OKs voter ID receipts at polls  WISN  ...Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday approved an emergency rule that allows people waiting for state photo identification cards to vote with receipts showing they're trying to obtain an ID. The move comes days before a federal trial is set to begin in a lawsuit alleging Wisconsin's process for obtaining free state IDs is too onerous...

Detroit Teachers Are Determined To Stop This Legislation. Here’s Why.  Think Progress  ...Teachers are organizing to prevent a bill from passing the state legislature that they say would underfund schools and limit teachers’ rights. There are two competing bills in the legislature aimed at resolving Detroit Public Schools’ current financial mess. The school system was at risk of going bankrupt because school officials said the district was “running out of money” in April, but the state provided $48.7 million in emergency funding...

Reworked Puerto Rico bill to debut Wednesday  The Hill  ...Reworked legislation to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis will be unveiled Wednesday. House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) told Reuters he wanted to make the bill public Wednesday, with the goal of having his panel vote on it a week later. Work on the bill stalled in April, after Bishop had to cancel a previously scheduled markup of the legislation as members aired concerns and questions about the package...

3 oligarchs-turned-governors who are laying ruin to their states  Salon  ...If any state was justified in describing itself as a major Obamacare success story, it was Kentucky; that is, before Republican Matt Bevin was sworn in as governor. Kentucky, under Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, was the home of Kynect, a state-operated Obamacare exchange that resulted in 500,000 Kentucky residents gaining health insurance...

 

U.S. LABOR

Verizon strike enters fourth week  Eagle Tribune  ...At least one of the two unions representing striking Verizon workers plans to let members off the picket line to find work and are reaching out to other groups and unions for support, exposing the financial strains of a prolonged work stoppage that marks four weeks on Wednesday. Verizon and the unions last met for negotiations on May 2, a brief exchange of a union counterproposal the company quickly rejected...

One in three U.S. manufacturing workers is on public aid, study shows  Berkeley News  ...Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education...

Uber Recognizes New York Drivers’ Group, Short of a Union  NY Times  ...Uber announced an agreement on Tuesday with a prominent union to create an association for drivers in New York that would establish a forum for regular dialogue and afford them some limited benefits and protections — but that would stop short of unionization...

The NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Is Coming Up On May 14th  NH Labor News  ...The National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) will be holding their 24th annual food drive on Saturday, May 14th. On that day letter carriers will pick up non-perishable food as they deliver mail on their postal routes. The food donations collected will stay in the towns and cities where they are collected...

At Boeing supplier Triumph, management vows Machinists strike won’t halt work  Seattle Times  ...Members of the Machinists union at Triumph Composites Systems of Spokane, a major supplier to Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier, will strike after midnight Tuesday. The company’s 400 union employees overwhelmingly rejected a final contract offer from the company in a vote Monday...

Union Representing Tribune-Herald Employees Files Labor Charge  BigIslandNow  ...Issues over sick leave policies have Hawai’i Tribune-Herald employees fighting for “dignity and respect.” The Pacific Media Workers Guild, the oversight union of Hawai’i Tribute-Herald employees, issued a press release on Monday morning noting that an unfair labor practice charge was filed last week...

Kroger to hire 14,000 employees  WKYT  ...Kroger is holding a nationwide hiring event to fill 14,000 open jobs across all its supermarket chains, including Ralphs, Fred Meyer and Food 4 Less. Candidates can apply online at jobs.kroger.com and show up to a store Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for an interview. Many of the openings are for part-time associates who bag groceries, stock shelves or ring up items at the cash register...

The Rich Have You Beat in Retirement, Too  Bloomberg  ...The U.S. retirement landscape is starting to look like a Charles Dickens novel. Since voluntary savings plans led by 401(k)s have largely replaced traditional pensions, it’s probably no surprise that this is the best of times for many highly paid workers. Equally unsurprising is that this is the worst of times for almost everyone else...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

The one thing rich parents do for their kids that makes all the difference  Washington Post   ...Wealthy parents are famously pouring more and more into their children, widening the gap in who has access to piano lessons and math tutors and French language camp. The biggest investment the rich can make in their kids, though — one with equally profound consequences for the poor — has less to do with "enrichment" than real estate... 

Poor People Don’t Stand A Chance In Court  Think Progress  ...In theory, low-income Americans who need help with a civil case can turn to civil legal aid organizations. But there are so few of them that getting their help is a bit like winning the lottery. There is less than one civil legal attorney — 0.64, to be exact — for every 10,000 people living in poverty, according to the newly released Justice Index from the National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ)... 

Breaking News: 'There Is No Migrant Crisis'  Common Dreams  ...Search the Internet for articles on the so-called "migrant crisis," and half a million results pop up in a matter of seconds. There's just one problem: There is no such crisis. "What we call a 'migrant crisis,' is actually a crisis of global injustice caused by war, poverty, and inequality," said Global Justice Now director Nick Dearden, introducing a new briefing that draws attention to the multiple crises that are actually forcing people to relocate and calls for "free movement for everyone...