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Today's Teamster News For May 2, 2016

TEAMSTERS

Hoffa: Justice denied for school district workers  Review-Journal  ...There are nearly 12,000 workers at the Clark County School District who have been disenfranchised due to an unfair election system. For more than a decade, they have made their voices and their votes clear for strong union representation with Teamsters Local 14. The majority wants change, but the will of the workers has been stymied. District support staff are in the fight of their working lives...

Teamsters in for the Long Haul Organizing Uber Drivers  WHAV  ...The Teamsters’ Rome Aloise says the proposed $100 million class action settlement that drivers made with Uber isn’'t the end of driver efforts to organize for justice on the job with the multi-billion-dollar app based taxi service. Uber controls the conditions of work for the drivers but classifies them as independent contractors instead of as employees...

Teamsters to Battle Fall River’s Move to Privatize Trash Collection  Go Local Prov  ...The Teamsters labor union is challenging the City of Fall River’s recent decision to privatize trash collection, saying the city didn’t bargain in good faith. Fall River’s new Mayor, twenty-four year old Jasiel Correia, lauded the move in a recent Facebook post touting his accomplishments in his first year in office — but the Teamsters Local 251, who represents the city’s trash collectors, said that it is taking the fight to the Massachusetts Labor Relations Board...

Local 727 Bargaining Committee Presents Last, Best, Final Contract Offer to Pepsi Management  Local 727  ...Following a 16-hour marathon negotiation meeting on Thursday, the Teamsters Local 727 Bargaining Committee presented its last, best and final offer to Pepsi management. “This is a very profitable company and you have a lot of long-term employees who have put their lives into this company. This is not a joke, this is very serious to them,” said John T. Coli, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

May Day Rallies Worldwide Demand Workers' Rights  Common Dreams  ...Workers on Sunday marked May Day across the globe with rallies in cities from Paris, to Istanbul, to Manila. Some of the protesters faced violence from police. According to reporting by Reuters, "Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon and detained more than 200 people after scuffles broke out at May Day celebrations in Istanbul"...

Report Tallies Threats against Guatemala Unionists  Solidarity Center  ...Guatemala is still one of the most dangerous places in the world for worker rights activists, with 14 incidents of anti-union violence documented and verified in 2015, according to a report issued today by the Worker Rights Defenders Network of Guatemala. The incidents were tracked by the Protection Unit of Human Rights Defenders-Guatemala...

A Western Company Could Finally Be Held Accountable for the Rana Plaza Disaster   The Nation  ...Three years after the Rana Plaza factory collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, the lives that were shattered have still not been allowed to heal. Since the day more than 1,100 people were buried in the wreckage of the shoddily constructed manufacturing complex, we are just starting to discover among the ruins what global worker justice should look like...

Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal   The Guardian  ...Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts. The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection... 

Steelworkers protest TPP trade deal in DC  WKBN  ...Nearly 700 members of the United Steelworkers union came to Capitol Hill this week to lobby against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, saying the proposal is hurting American jobs. The TPP is an agreement that involves 12 Pacific border countries: Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru and the United States...

Majority TTIP Opponents Left Out of Latest Negotiations Round in New York  Sputnik News  ...A vast majority of civil society groups that oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) were unrepresented during the latest round of negotiations, Trade Justice New York Metro representative Adam Weissman told Sputnik. The TTIP deal has drawn severe criticism for the lack of transparency in the negotiations as well as for the tremendous power it would potentially give to international corporations...

LiUNA Members Volunteer In Ecuador Relief Effort  NH Labor News  ...LIUNA Local Unions in the United States and Canada are working to collect donations and support relief efforts in Ecuador following the devastating earthquakes, which left hundreds dead and thousands missing.  A disaster relief team of twenty LIUNA Local 78 members and a six-person technical assessment team from Local 79 are now in Ecuador assisting in assessment, clean up, and recovery efforts...

Millions of Chinese workers go unpaid amid economic slowdown  CNN  ...China's millions of migrant workers are bearing the brunt of the country's ongoing economic slowdown as strikes and worker protests reach record levels, new statistics reveal. According to the most recent annual report from China's National Bureau of Statistics, more than 2.7 million migrant workers — around 1% of the total — weren't paid on time last year, the highest number in five years...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Suit claims racial discrimination by Alabama on minimum wage  MSNBC  ...When Birmingham, Alabama raised its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour last year, it offered a ray of hope to Antoin Adams. That dream died in February. Just days before the Birmingham measure was set to go into effect, Alabama Republicans passed a law, known as HB 174, that barred cities from hiking their minimum wages... 

The Supreme Court Just Offered The Thinnest Ray Of Hope To Victims Of Voter Suppression  Think Progress  ...The Supreme Court just imposed what could prove to be a very significant deadline on one of the most conservative federal appeals courts in the country. Last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announced that it would hear a challenge to Texas’ voter ID law in an en banc proceeding — a process where the court’s full active membership sits to hear a case... 

The Secret Recipe for McDonald’s Rising Profits? Better Wages.  Jobs With Justice  ...Last week, McDonald’s reported $5.9 billion in gross sales and $1.1 billion in net income—a 35 percent increase from the first quarter of 2015. So what’s behind McDonald’s recent success? Some chalked the spike up to the fast-food chain’s decision to finally serve its popular breakfast menu items all day. But McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook pointed to another factor: Higher employee wages...

One of the most popular arguments against raising the minimum wage is getting demolished  Salon  ...One of the critics’ many go-to arguments: Raise wages, they say, and businesses will have to raise prices to maintain their profits. It seemed like an uncontroversial claim; even supporters of the Fight for $15 said they would be willing to pay a bit more to give workers a living wage. And 62 percent of Seattle employers responded in an initial survey before the wage hike took effect that they would likely raise prices. But they haven’t yet...

 

U.S. LABOR

The Sickout in Detroit  The Atlantic  ...The overwhelming majority of Detroit Public Schools will be closed Monday after the teachers union in the city called for a sickout over concerns about the finances of Michigan’s largest school district. The Detroit Federation of Teachers, which represents most of the teachers taking part in Monday’s sickout, said in a series of tweets that its members will rally at 10 a.m. outside the school district’s central administration offices... 

The Verizon Strike Is About More Than Dollars And Cents  Huffington Post  ...Verizon technicians and customer service reps on the company’s wireline phone business walked off the job more than two weeks ago. By modern U.S. standards, the work stoppage is massive — some 37,000 workers, stretching from the Northeast through the mid-Atlantic. The latest round of talks failed to broker a deal, and both sides are girded for a protracted battle...

Does the Verizon Strike Signal a Resurgence of Labor  (opinion) Newsweek  ...The ongoing strike by nearly 40,000 Verizon workers—the largest work stoppage in the United States in recent years—is a bold fight against the kind of strategies that big corporations have used for decades to maximize profits at the expense of workers. In the case of Verizon, the tactics the company has already used, and is pushing to intensify in its new contract, include offshoring good jobs to countries such as the Philippines, India and Mexico...

Workers fight for dignity in Trump's Las Vegas hotel: 'You don't talk to the boss'  The Guardian  ...Earlier this month, following a protracted dispute with Trump and his co-owner, casino billionaire Phil Ruffin, the National Labor Relations Board officially certified a union for over 500 staff at the hotel. Workers argue they have been subjected to surveillance, intimidation, and unlawful dismissal as they have sought to organize...

Why the People Picking California's Tomatoes Can't Afford to Eat Them  Mother Jones  ...A high percentage of farmworkers in California's agricultural counties struggle with hunger and diet-related health problems, according to a new report by the policy research group California Institute for Rural Studies. Nearly half of the workers interviewed in Yolo County, just east of the state's capital, have trouble putting dinner on the table, a rate nearly three times higher than national and state averages...

Election '16: Work-Life Issues Have Finally Taken Center Stage  Alternet  ...Once upon a time, phrases like maternity leave and work-life balance were relegated to the women’s pages of newspapers. But the narrative surrounding work-life issues—including paid family and sick leave, affordable childcare, and flexible and predictable work schedules—is undergoing a radical shift

Culinary Union Launches Website on the Palms Casino Resort’s Labor Dispute  Business Wire  ...The Culinary Workers Local 226 has launched a website about the growing labor dispute at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, ExplorePalmsLaborDispute.org. The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas is owned by private equity owners TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners, which are reportedly exploring a possible sale of the asset, according to Bloomberg...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

FAA Investigating Allegiant Air After High-Profile Incidents  AviationPros  ... The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating Allegiant Air, the carrier that has experienced repeated mechanical problems and emergency landings and operates more than 100 flights a week out of St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. The FAA confirmed that it is conducting an evaluation of Allegiant... 

U.S. Economy Expands to 0.5% Pace, Weakest in Two Years  Bloomberg   ...The U.S. economy expanded in the first quarter at the slowest pace in two years as American consumers reined in spending and companies tightened their belts in response to weak global financial conditions and a plunge in oil prices. Gross domestic product rose at a 0.5 percent annualized rate after a 1.4 percent fourth-quarter advance, Commerce Department data showed Thursday... 

House Republicans Have A Temper Tantrum Over Rule That Bans Financial Advisers From Scamming Retirees  Think Progress  ....The Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized rules that require financial advisers who help people make investments for retirement to put their clients’ interests ahead of their own. But House Republicans aren’t letting the rule go into effect without a fight. On Thursday, the House voted on a resolution that would effectively block the new rules, which require advisers to adhere to a “fiduciary standard”...

One Ugly Summer: Is Latest Trump Rally Violence Just Taste of What's to Come?  Common Dreams  ...If events in California outside a Donald Trump rally on Thursday night are any indication, the months ahead are likely to inspire more acrimony than political inspiration as billionaire media personality Donald Trump emerges as the Republican Party's presidential nominee. While holding an event at the Orange County Fair grounds in the city of Costa Mesa, approximately twenty people were arrested after anti-Trump demonstrators clashed with the candidate's supporters...

Working-Class Fraud  (opinion) New York Times  ...“We can’t be fooled,” said Richard Trumka, president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., at its annual convention in Philadelphia this month. “Trump isn’t interested in solving the problems he yells about and swears about. He delivers punch lines.” Yet they are being fooled. Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss. He fooled the folks in Maryland, a state he’s unlikely to see again in the general election... 

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