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Today's Teamster News For July 13, 2016

TEAMSTERS

Teamsters Increase Strike Benefits  Teamster.org  ...International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall today announced that strike benefit increases approved by delegates to the 29th International Convention became effective on July 1, 2016. Under the new constitutional provisions, which were unanimously approved by delegates on June 30, 2016, the changes raise strike benefits, increase minimum benefits and allow for benefits to begin earlier than in the past...

Teamsters Concrete Drivers Win New Contract  NYC Teamsters  ...New York City’s concrete truck drivers ratified a new contract with the New York City Concrete Producers Coalition at a union meeting last night. The contract provides raises, maintains welfare and pension provisions, and improves job protections for sick and injured drivers. New York’s concrete truck drivers are members of Teamsters Local 282...

Local 710 Teamsters at Heritage Wine Unanimously Ratify New Contract  Local 710  ...Twenty-one Teamsters Local 710 members at Heritage Wine unanimously ratified a five-year agreement on Saturday. The drivers and warehouse workers are a part of the local cartage agreement with an addendum containing additional articles that the Local 710 Bargaining Committee fought hard to secure...

Union Fights Against Wrongful Wage Cuts for Hinckley Springs Members  Local 727  ...Teamsters Local 727 is fighting against DS Water management for wrongfully cutting commission rates for workers at Hinckley Springs. The union recently learned that workers have had their commission rates for water sales at Home Depot stores slashed because of DS Water’s master agreement with Primo Water. Local 727 filed a grievance on the issue and is now taking the case to arbitration...

François Laporte: Shock and Sadness  Teamsters Canada  ...As the spokesperson for Canada’s Teamsters, I would like to express our shock and sadness over the senseless violence gripping the United States. Brother Philando “Phil” Castile was a member of Local Union 320 in Minnesota and, by all accounts, a good man who loved his job and his community. His death should remind us all that racism exists and affects workers every day. Even the Governor of Minnesota said that Brother Castile would probably still be alive had he been white...

Teamsters Drop Opposition to California Pot Legalization  Labor Press  ...The California Teamsters union, whose political-action committee gave $25,000 to the campaign against the Proposition 64 marijuana-legalization initiative in March, has decided to stay neutral. The union’s polling had showed strong support for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act ballot initiative. The union’s main problem with the initiative was that it might enable cannabis businesses to become monopolies...

Sherburne County Teamsters Take Action  Local 320  ...Over 50 Sherburne County workers packed the County Board meeting to protest healthcare contribution cuts proposed by the employer. The County’s healthcare proposal would result in a cumulative pay cut of $4,500 over a two-year period for workers on single coverage. Teamsters Local 320 Communications Director Gus Froemke took to the podium and gave a brief statement to the County Board...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

New Zealand: Airport security workers abandon strike  Stuff  ...Airport security workers have abandoned plans for a strike timed to cause disruption for school holiday travellers. New Zealand's Aviation Security Service (Avsec) reached an agreement with two unions to avoid the strikes set to take place at the end of the month.  The industrial action was over a pay dispute...

Obama’s trade agenda losing critical support as McConnell calls TPP passage unlikely  Washington Post  ...Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday cast deep doubt on winning approval for President Obama’s trade agenda during his last weeks in office. Acknowledging publicly what had become increasingly clear in private, McConnell said that the presidential campaign had produced a political climate that made it virtually impossible to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the “lame duck” session after the November elections...

Insurers’ Group Backs Effort to Tweak U.S. Approach to Financial Data in Trade Agreements  Morning Consult  ...Two insurance industry groups today offered their backing of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement after the U.S. formally rolled out a proposal to tweak its language on financial data localization. The American Insurance Association said it supports the proposal, which the U.S. wants TPP countries to adopt and will introduce for inclusion in trade talks on services with the European Union and in the Trade in Services Agreement...

Free concert! Against TPP?  The Register  ...Internet advocacy group Fight for the Future will host a series of music concerts in Denver, San Diego, Seattle and Portland – to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The Rock Against the TPP idea has been joined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a number of musicians in an effort to drive signatures on a petition asking Congress to vote against the agreement, which they fear will give corporations too much power...  

TTIP could bring food safety regulations to a standstill: Report  Food Navigator  ...The controversial trade deal between the EU and the US could give multinational companies increased power to challenge food laws that impact their bottom line, according to an analysis by the US-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)...

TTIP proposal casts doubt on G20 climate pledge, leaked EU draft shows  The Guardian  ...Trade negotiators in Brussels are proposing new loopholes on a G20 pledge to phase out fossil fuel subsidies within a decade, in the latest leaked TTIP proposals seen by the Guardian. The EU’s draft text for a trade and sustainable development chapter also appears to draw an equivalence between the need to prevent trade distortions and the fight against climate change...

Austerity for Some: Brazil Ups Military Spending for Olympics  TeleSUR  ...Around 85,000 security personnel will be deployed during the games, nearly twice the number at the last Summer Olympics in London. Brazil announced on Tuesday that its armed forces would receive an additional US$24 million to help meet security needs for the August Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, despite widespread austerity measures from the country’s unelected interim president Michel Temer...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Unions rejoice after federal judge strikes down Georgia labor law  AJC.com  ...A federal judge nixed part of a Georgia law criticized by the state’s labor organizations as an effort to chip away at their influence. The most contentious part of the 2013 law allowed employees to cancel their union membership at any time, rather than only after a one-year period. It was backed by Republicans as a way to bolster Georgia’s “right to work” status and burnish the state’s pro-business reputation...

Minimum wage boost headed for AZ ballot  Local Media  ...Arizona voters may have a chance to boost the state’s minimum wage this year. The campaign for a ballot initiative to increase Arizona’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 submitted more than 217,000 signatures to state officials on Thursday, July 7...

Pennsylvania state budget goes into effect  WFMZ  ...What took 8 months to approve last year, took 11 days to approve this year. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf will not be vetoing the budget bill before midnight on Monday, despite questions about how the state will fund all $31 billion of it. "This budget is another shining example of the effectiveness of that sort of bipartisan cooperation," said Wolf. "But we're not done yet"...

ABQ could be first in state to require paid sick leave  KOAT  ...Albuquerque could be the first city in the state to require businesses to offer paid sick leave. The proposal is called Healthy Workforce Ordinance. Some say it could force businesses out of the city, but supporters say it would help thousands of people. The Albuquerque Journal reports that after collect signatures, those supporters plan to file a petition Monday to get the issue on the ballot...

DC's Paid Family Leave Bill Placed on Pause  NBC4  ...A controversial bill to give employees in the District 16 weeks of paid family leave has hit a snag. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said Monday the council will not vote on the measure before it adjourns for its summer recess. Mendelson said the vote won't happen until at least late this year... 

Why you can’t work your way through college anymore  Market Watch  ...There is no state in the country where low-income students can afford to attend a public four-year or community college by combining the earnings of 10 hours a week of minimum wage work and grants, according to a study published Tuesday by Demos, a left-leaning think tank. The analysis is rooted in a concept called the Rule of 10...

 

U.S. LABOR

Philly airport workers vote to strike during the DNC  Philly.com  ...Baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, airplane cleaners, and other workers at Philadelphia International Airport voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to walk off their jobs in protest during the Democratic National Convention this month, according to a union that wants to organize them. Gabe Morgan, area vice president for SEIU 32BJ, which has been trying to unionize airport workers, said years of worker protests had already led to wage increases to $12 an hour...

Workers OK contract for 3 Atlantic City casinos amid strike  NJ1015  ...Workers in Atlantic City have approved a new contract with three casinos while a strike continues at the Trump Taj Mahal. Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union says workers from the three Caesars Entertainment-owned casinos in Atlantic City voted Monday to ratify their new contract. Workers at Harrah’s, Bally’s and Caesars reached a deal July 1. A vote on the contract reached with the Tropicana is scheduled for Thursday...

Nurses union says staffing inadequate at Saint Louis University Hospital  St. Louis Public Radio  ...Dozens of nurses gathered for a picket Monday morning to protest what they say are unsafe staffing levels at St. Louis University Hospital. In advance of contract negotiations, the hospital’s chapter of National Nurses United conducted a staffing survey in 2015 and compared the data collected to staffing guidelines set by the hospital’s management... 

JCTA pickets board meeting over negotiations  Courier Journal  ...About 100 Jefferson County Public Schools teachers came out on their summer break to picket outside district headquarters over union negotiations. "Teachers don't feel appreciated," said Tracie Wright, a second-grade teacher at Blake Elementary who came to the protest Tuesday...

Starbucks to raise wages for U.S. workers in October  Reuters  ...Starbucks Corp said it will raise worker pay in its U.S. stores this autumn, after employees accused the coffee chain of "extreme" cutbacks in work hours that they say are hurting morale and service. The world's biggest coffee chain will increase base pay for all U.S. baristas and managers at company-operated stores by at least 5 percent starting Oct. 3...

Working While Black: Demographics and Destiny  Ebony  ...People of color will be a majority of the American working class by 2032, according to a new study released by the Washington D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute (EPI). That is just 16 years from now, or four presidential elections away. Fifty years ago this working class population shift would have been impossible for some people to imagine. Now a Black and Brown America is becoming everyone’s reality... 

The Next Step for Organized Labor? People in Prison.  The Nation  ...This spring, the IWW and allied community groups organized prison labor strikes of thousands of incarcerated workers in Alabama, Wisconsin, Texas, Mississippi, and Ohio—all demanding the right to form a union. The IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee has called for a nationwide prison strike on September 9 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising and claims it has the support of thousands of prisoners throughout the United States...

How America’s New Working Class Will Transform America  (opinion) Jobs with Justice  ...No longer in a factory, today’s working class is interwoven into nearly every aspect of our lives. It’s the caretaker, the man in a uniform who restocks shelves of a big box giant, the home health care aide who cares for your mom and the janitor who empties your wastebasket. They don’t shape the national agenda or headlines in newspapers. “Working class” is scrubbed from our social and political lexicon...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Social Security Isn’t Just for Old Folks Anymore  Bloomberg  ...About 6.4 million kids, or almost 1 in 10 Americans under the age of 18, rely on checks from Social Security. The fastest growth is among indirect beneficiaries, especially kids who live with grandparents collecting the federal benefit. According to a new report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions, more than 3.2 million children were indirect recipients...

Housing, Race, And Police Stops: The Backstory To Philando Castile’s Killing  Think Progress  ...Last week, the internet watched a Facebook live video of Philando Castile’s death after he was shot by police during a routine traffic stop for a broken taillight. His killing took place in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, a St. Paul suburb nestled between the region’s white suburban enclaves and areas where the minority population is quickly rising — a racial and economic border where aggressive police encounters are much more common...

NYC Council Speaker: Trump's plans could cripple economy  Post-Dispatch  ...Donald Trump's lightning-rod proposals to deport illegal immigrants and temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States could cost New York state more than $800 million and New York City more 340,000 jobs, according to an analysis by the New York City Council. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, is expected to unveil the findings in a speech Wednesday and say that "the city's economy would shrink because of Donald Trump"...

Trump University Taught Students How to Exploit Disabled Homeowners  Mother Jones  ...Trump University, the former for-profit business education venture that has landed Donald Trump in various courts to defend himself against claims of fraud, promised to teach students the secrets of Trump's financial success. One particular course offered by Trump U presented a particularly blunt strategy for making money: target destitute, "completely disabled" homeowners headed into foreclosure...