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Today's Teamster News For July 22, 2016

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Teamster Mechanics At Piedmont Airlines Ratify Contract   Teamsters...Approximately 300 Piedmont Airlines mechanics from Teamsters Locals 210, 355 and 776 have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a five-year contract with the carrier. More than 83 percent of voting mechanics cast their ballots in favor of the agreement...

Wall Street Vultures May Have Wrecked The Central States Pension Fund   In These Times...Bowing to the demands of thousands of angry Teamsters, the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to conduct an inquiry into the past investments of the Central States Pension Fund, the organization that manages the retirement benefits for more than 400,000 union members, both retired and active...

Critical Questions Linger In King County Total Comp Bargaining    Teamsters Local 117...Members of the Teamsters Local 117 King County bargaining committee say they still have no clear answers in their effort to achieve a total Comp agreement for members at King County. "Our Union Coalition has put forth a comprehensive economic counter-proposal and offered a clear pathway forward on a Joint Labor Agreement," Teamsters Local 117 said in an online statement, adding "Now the ball is in the County’s court"...

City, Teamsters Reach Agreement On 3-year Pact   Cranston Herald (Cranston, RI)...After more than a year of talks, the city and Teamsters Local 251 have reached agreement on a three-year contract. The agreement would become retroactively effective to July 1, 2015 and expire on July 1, 2018. It received the unanimous backing of the City Council’s Finance Committee on July 14 and is poised for passage by the full council later this month...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Workers Of Ghana's State Broadcaster Stage Protest, Threaten Strike   Africanews.com...Workers of Ghana’s state broadcaster, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) have staged a protest on Thursday in the capital Accra against a government appointed board overseeing their activities. They accused the board of “micromanaging the corporation and misappropriating their internally generated funds to employ directors without due process."...

Thought We'd Escaped TTIP By Leaving The EU? Think Again - It's Setting The Terrifying Blueprint For Our Future Trade Deals   The Independent (opinion)...Despite being without national trade policy for four decades, we can predict a lot about the UK’s future trade deals outside of the EU from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and what we know gives great cause for concern...

U.S. Challenges China’s Export Duties In WTO   Global Trade Magazine...U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced last week that the United States has launched a new trade enforcement action against the People’s Republic of China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning China’s export duties on nine different raw materials...

Hyundai Motor, Hyundai Heavy Industries Workers Went On Strike Together   Business Korea...On July 19, Hyundai Motor Company and Hyundai Heavy Industries labor unions walked out at the same time, for the first time in 23 years, after having a joint press conference at the Ulsan Plant of the automaker. The partial strike on that day resulted in a production loss of no less than 39 billion won in Hyundai Motor Company alone...

Meat Disputes Hold Up TTIP Deal   Global Meat News...Disagreements about the meat sector are holding up a deal between the EU and the US on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP)...

Clinton Under Pressure To Pick Running Mate Who Will Fight Wall Street And TPP   Raw Story...Members of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing on Thursday nervously awaited Hillary Clinton’s announcement in coming days of a vice presidential running mate, urging her to choose someone who opposes a massive Pacific free trade deal and backs tough Wall Street reform...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Minimum-wage Hike Likely Headed To Colorado Ballot In November   Denver Post...A vote to raise Colorado’s minimum wage appears to be a certainty for the November ballot, as proponents said Thursday afternoon they expect to deliver 200,000 petition signatures to the secretary of state’s office Monday. Initiative 101 would raise the Colorado minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020...

Massachusetts Senate To Consider Paid Family Leave Bill   MassLive.com...The Massachusetts Senate is prepared to take up a bill that would give every Massachusetts worker paid family and medical leave. "We are hearing that businesses need some policies that will really help attract and retain the most talented workers to Massachusetts and reduce employee turnover, and we all know that our people are our greatest natural resource in Massachusetts," said State Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the bill's sponsor. "Paid family leave will help us remain competitive and ensure that our workers want to stay here"...

Minimum Wage Crusaders Are Holding A Convention – To Talk About Racism   Washington Post...Thousands of low-wage workers will gather in Richmond, Va., next month in an attempt to unify the racial and economic protest movements currently animating the American left. The inaugural Fight for $15 convention, slated for Aug. 12-13, springs from the now four-year-old push to increase government-mandated minimum wages and expand worker access to unions...

Michigan Speaker Of The House Kevin Cotter: Prevailing Wage Repeal Off Table   WSJM (St. Joseph, MI)...It was a priority for Michigan Republicans when this legislative session began, but not anymore. Speaker Kevin Cotter says an attempt to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law is off the table for the remaining 20 legislative days in this session...

San Diego, Chicago Adopt Paid Sick Leave   Employee Benefits News...With the recent adoption of paid sick leave in San Diego and Chicago, similar but inconsistent paid sick day laws will soon be in place in 34 jurisdictions across the U.S. including five states, 28 cities and one county. With more than 43 million private sector workers unable to earn a single sick day, the importance of paid sick days to employees cannot be overstated...

Restoring The Right To Vote In Texas   New York Times (Opinion)...Hundreds of thousands of people stymied by Texas’ absurdly strict voter ID law will finally get a fair break in casting their ballots in November. A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the law discriminates against black and Latino voters and violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The court ordered a Federal District Court to come up with a remedy for the law’s flaws in time for the November election...

 

U.S. LABOR

Trump’s Vegas Hotel Settles Union-Busting Allegations   Huffington Post...The Trump International Hotel ― a joint venture between Trump and casino magnate Phil Ruffin ― has agreed to settle charges that it retaliated against two hotel employees for union organizing. The hotel will shell out $11,200 in order to resolve the union-busting allegations, according to settlement documents from the National Labor Relations Board...

Think Teachers Can’t Be Fired Because Of Unions? Surprising Results From New Study   Washington Post...Those who think tenured teachers can’t be fired may be interested in new research by Eunice Han, who has a PhD in economics from Harvard University and who spent the past three years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass. Han, who will join the economics faculty at the University of Utah in the fall, found that “highly unionized districts actually fire more bad teachers”...

Striking Taj Mahal Workers Joined By Other Unions At Atlantic City Rally   NewJersey.com...Striking Taj Mahal workers were joined at a rally Thursday night on the Atlantic City Boardwalk by unions from across the northeast in a show of support. Union workers from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington D.C. descended on Atlantic City and marched from the Revel to the Taj Mahal ahead of the rally, the PressofAtlanticCity.com reported... 

Miami International Airport Workers Strike For Better Hours, Pay, And Safety   WLRN (Miami, FL)...Subcontractors of Triangle Services are complaining about irregular work hours without overtime pay or benefits in addition to dangerous working conditions, most of which stem from faulty equipment. Workers with the SEIU labor union held a rally Thursday morning at the airport with several local politicians, and subsequently marched along the main thoroughfare of Terminal E, chanting and holding signs as they went...

Federal Judge Rules Against AdvancePierre Labor Practices   Cincinatti Business Courier...AdvancePierre Foods Holdings Inc. engaged in unlawful surveillance of its workers and illegally disciplined employees during a union organization drive, according to a ruling from a federal administrative law judge. Judge David Goldman ruled that the company (NYSE: APFH), which closed its IPO and began publicly trading on the New York Stock Exchange this month,“unlawfully maintained and enforced an unlawfully broad solicitation/distribution policy during an approximately one-month period from the inception of the union campaign in May 2015, until the employer realized that its policy was unlawful”...

New Data Shows Illinois Voters Favor State Workers In Contract Talks   Public News Service...Illinois voters like labor unions, but generally find Governor Bruce Rauner's approach to labor negotiations to be unfavorable, according to a new poll. This month the progressive political research group ALG took a survey of about 600 likely Illinois voters. The findings show that more than half trust the state's public employee unions more than the governor when it comes to labor disputes...

Castle Rock Vineyards Employees Protest, Asking For Higher Wages   KERO (Bakersfield, CA)...This past Thursday, 12 workers protested with help from the United Farm Workers, who filed unfair labor practice charges with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. "This is an example of workers making fighting for their rights. We're calling on all farm workers to get out there, don't give up, fight on and raise your voices because they also have rights," said Erika Navarette with the UFW...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Groups Unite Across America To Protest Police Shootings   New York Times...A coalition of black racial-justice organizations started a series of coordinated demonstrations in more than a dozen cities across the United States on Thursday to protest police shootings. One of the earliest to kick off the Movement for Black Lives demonstrations was in Washington, where a small, mostly white, crowd stood near the entrance of the Office of Police Complaints holding signs printed with “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop Killing Black People”...

Immigration Advocates Speak Out In Cleveland   American Prospect Magazine...Fear of illegal immigration has dominated the Republican National Convention this week, but outside the high fences and concrete barricades that surround Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, Latino and immigrant advocates have been making their voices heard...

A Former Wall Street Trader On Why He Left Banking   The Atlantic...For all the movies, books, and mythology that exist about Wall Street, the inner workings of big banks and the motivations of those who work there remain somewhat mysterious to lots of Americans. The nebulousness of life on Wall Street, coupled with its fabled salaries, make it hard to forgive the housing bust, the bailouts, and the recession that the country is still recovering from—particularly given the fact that there was little punishment for those who led the U.S. down the road of financial ruin...

Tom Perez, The Last Liberal Standing On Clinton's VP Shortlist   NBC News...Perez, a career civil rights prosecutor whose wife is a lawyer at a legal clinic for the homeless, seems to have found himself as both the last person of color and the last real liberal standing in a field of possible VP picks that had included people like Elizabeth Warren and Housing Secretary Julian Castro. Allies see Perez as Clinton's best option to excite Democrats, especially Latinos, and heal the divide with Bernie Sanders supporters...

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