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Today's Teamster News For July 7, 2016

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Teamsters Local 50 strikes against concrete plants  Labor Tribune  ...About 60 concrete workers went on strike against a southern Illinois company’s 14 plants recently to win a better contract and recognition for workers at four of the plants. Teamsters Local 50 began the strike against the jointly owned Quad County Ready Mix and Clinton County Materials at midnight on Monday, June 21, and by early this week the strike was still on, Local 50 President Scott Alexander said...

‘David’s Hates Brides:’ Teamsters Put Pressure On U.S. Foods’ Sister Company  Labor Press  ...David's Bridal is one of the largest bridal shops in the United States and is associated with U.S. Foods Corporation, one of the nation's largest food wholesalers.  The Teamsters have been locked in a battle with U.S. Foods since April when a group of about 120 Teamsters-represented Workers at a distribution center in Maryland kicked off an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Strike...

Osco Pharmacists Overwhelmingly Reject Company’s Contract Offer  Local 727  ...Osco pharmacists overwhelmingly rejected the company’s contract offer by a more than 3-to-1 margin. The mail ballot count was held July 5 at Teamsters Local 727’s meeting hall in Park Ridge, with several Osco pharmacists present. The final tally was 229-67 against contract, which also marked the highest voter turnout in the bargaining unit’s history. “I am so incredibly proud of our pharmacists and our Bargaining Committee,” said John T. Coli, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727...

Local 710 Dockworker Returns to Work at YRC After Unreasonable Discharge  Local 710  ...A Teamsters Local 710 dockworker will return to work at YRC in Chicago Heights, Ill. after his unjust termination last August. An arbitrator ruled in favor of the union on June 22 after a hearing in February to have the member reinstated and made whole. The member’s discharge was ruled unreasonable given that the employer was unable to fulfill their burden of proof in this case...

Teamsters Fight Soda Tax in Philadelphia, Legal Action Says Tax Hurts Workers  Indiana Vending  ...Teamsters from Philadelphia and nationwide resolved at the union’s recent 29th International Convention here to oppose soda taxes that they say hurt good jobs in the beverage industry. Daniel Grace, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 830 in Philadelphia, proposed the motion to pass a resolution against unfair beverage taxes that put people out of work. “These taxes are harmful to workers, small grocers and the city’s poor,” Grace said... 

Retired Teamsters gain federal investigation of Central States Pension Fund  Kansas City Star  ...Retired Teamsters — who fought off a plan to slash their pension checks beginning this week — have won a second victory: a federal investigation of their troubled Central States Pension Fund. The Government Accountability Office formally accepted requests from both houses of Congress to investigate the pension fund’s investment activity, said Charlie Jeszeck, director of education, workforce and income security issues at the GAO...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE 

Walmart workers launch wildcat strikes across China  Financial Times  ...Walmart staff across China have launched a series of wildcat strikes against the company’s new working-hours system, in an unprecedented bout of nationwide co-ordination by workers. Employees in one store in the southern city of Nanchang went on strike last Friday. By Monday the action had spread to a second store in Nanchang and to stores in Chengdu 1,500km away and Harbin in the country’s north-east...

Rio's public sector workers go on strike to demand salaries are paid on time ahead of Olympic Games  The Telegraph  ...As the clock ticks down to the start of the Rio Olympics further protests against the games took place on Wednesday. Hundreds of striking Rio de Janeiro state workers marched through the city demanding that authorities pay their salaries on time instead of diverting funds to the Olympic Games. Those marching included State school and university teachers and students...

Canada Post issues 72-hour lockout notice to 50,000 workers  Rabble  ...Posties could be off the job by Friday, following a 72-hour lockout notice issued by Canada Post this morning. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which represents 50,000 employees, has been in contract negotiations with the Crown corporation since November. Canada Post has proposed switching new employees to a defined contribution pension plan, resulting in less security...

Nigeria: Oil Workers Insist On Strike, Vow to Shut Down All Operations  All Africa  ...The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) said on Wednesday it would go ahead with its planned nationwide strike from Thursday. The group's spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojugbana, said chairmen and secretaries in its four zones and branches have concluded plans to ensure a complete shutdown of the country's oil and gas industry operations and activities...

Britain to join Trans-Pacific Partnership after Brexit?  The Star  ...U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Wednesday that China's latest offer in bilateral investment talks is "a fair distance away from being acceptable," but warrants continued engagement with Beijing. Froman, in a Bloomberg Television interview, also said that it may be possible for Britain, once it separates from the European Union, to join the 12-country U.S.- and Japan-led TPP trade deal...

Ahead of Democratic Platform Meeting, Warren Urges Opposition to TPP Trade Deal  NBC  ...Amid a heated intra-party debate on trade, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is encouraging members of a progressive group to keep up their fight against the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. The TPP is a multinational trade agreement pushed by the Obama administration, which progressives and Donald Trump allies feel would harm U.S. workers by driving down labor prices and empowering multi-national corporations...

How Tom Perez Embodies the Democrats’ TPP Rift  American Prospect  ...When it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Tom Perez is stuck between a rock and a hard place—or rather, between his current boss, President Barack Obama, and his potential future boss, Hillary Clinton. In his role as the U.S. labor secretary, Perez has gone to the mat for Obama as a prominent supporter of the trade agreement. He’s quick to admit that past trade deals like NAFTA have been disasters for working people...

Greeks Protest European Austerity One Year After Showdown With Lenders  Huffington Post  ...Several hundred radical activists and labor union members gathered Tuesday on the anniversary of last summer’s Greek referendum vote to protest the government’s agreement to a new European austerity package against what they say were the Greek public’s wishes. In the wake of the British public’s vote for a Brexit, or exit from the European Union, the protest was a reminder that the wave of Euroscepticism sweeping the continent... 

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Alabama Fast-Food Workers Expand Civil Rights Wage Suit  Wall Street Journal  ...Fast-food workers and civil-rights groups in Birmingham, Ala., are expanding their constitutional challenge to a recent state law that prohibits cities from setting their own higher minimum wages by adding more participants and a voting-rights claim to bolster their original lawsuit. The plaintiffs first filed their federal suit in April against state Attorney General Luther Strange and Republican Gov. Robert Bentley...

Supporters of raising minimum wage in Washington turn in signatures  Register-Guard  ...Supporters of raising the minimum wage in Washington state turned in more than 360,000 signatures Wednesday in hopes of qualifying a ballot measure that seeks to incrementally increase the state’s rate over the next four years to $13.50 an hour. Twenty boxes of signatures for Initiative 1433 were delivered to the secretary of state’s office, where proponents gathered to tout the measure...

Bevin targets Ky's 4,500 business regulations  Courier Journal  ...Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says he wants to eliminate or revise some of the state’s 4,500 regulations governing private businesses. Bevin announced his Red Tape Reduction Initiative on Wednesday. He has ordered cabinet secretaries and state employees to review the state’s business regulations. And he has set up a website, www.RedTapeReduction.com, to solicit recommendations from businesses and the general public...

Judge rules against organized labor in prevailing wage suit   WMDT  ...A judge has ruled that the University of Delaware is not a subdivision of state government for the purposes of Delaware's prevailing wage law. Last week's ruling came in a lawsuit filed by organized labor seeking to force the university to pay wages set by Delaware's Department of Labor for workers on state construction projects. The university received about $120 million in taxpayer dollars in this year's state operating budget...

Puerto Ricans Won't Accept US-Imposed Austerity Without a Fight  (opinion) Global Voices  ...June 30 was a historic day for Puerto Rico, albeit an unhappy one. US President Barack Obama signed into law the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which imposes a fiscal control board with extraordinary emergency powers over the government of Puerto Rico. The islands, which are a US territory, are grappling with more than $70 billion of debt...

Higher Wages Help Everyone  (opinion) US News  ...It simply isn't true that the economy is a zero-sum game, some kind of tug-of-war between the very poor and very wealthy. It turns out everyone does better when the economy grows from the bottom up, generating benefits for those at the bottom, the top and everyone in between. A new report from Oxfam and the Economic Policy Institute reveals that nearly half of all U.S. workers earn under $15 an hour... 

 

U.S. LABOR 

Injunction will keep some county workers from striking  Stockton Record  ...An injunction filed last week by San Joaquin County officials to keep union members from striking this week has been approved, preventing some 200 Service Employees Union International members classified as “essential employees” from joining picket lines today. The county filed the injunction with the Public Employment Relations Board on Friday...

In Pitch to Teachers Unions, Clinton Distances Herself from Obama  US News  ...Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continued to portray herself as the candidate that teachers unions can trust, further distancing herself from the education policy agenda of the Obama administration. “Thank you,” Clinton told the crowd of 7,000 members of the National Education Association gathered in Washington for the union’s annual representative assembly... 

SEIU Heathcare workers expected to vote on proposed contract  Central PA  ...Members of SEIU Healthcare are expected to vote Thursday on a proposed three year contract with the hospital in State College. Officials at Mount Nittany Medical Center said they reached a tentative agreement on Tuesday with about 900 of its union employees...  

Heritage Valley Beaver nurses approve strike  Post-Gazette  ...Registered nurses at Heritage Valley Beaver hospital have voted in favor of a one-day strike on July 19 after rejecting the hospital management’s latest contract proposal. “Our hospital is profitable and growing, and nurses shouldn’t be left behind in that growth,” said Mimi Tambellini, a registered nurse in the behavioral health unit...

As Temperatures Climb Across the Country, Workers Will Suffer  In These Times  ...The summer of 2016 is barely two weeks old, but this year is already on track to break high temperature records in the United States. On June 20, cities across the Southwest and into Nevada reached all-time triple-digit highs. Triple-digit heat earlier that same week is also being blamed for the deaths of two construction workers. While 100-degree heat in June may be unusual, serious illness and deaths caused by extreme heat at U.S. job sites is not...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS 

San Francisco Considers Tax on Tech Companies to Pay for Boom’s Downside  NY Times  ...Eric Mar, a member of the city’s Board of Supervisors, announced the proposal last week for a 1.5 percent payroll tax that would serve as a form of indemnification for what he described as the downside of the technology boom. Tech companies have been “a tremendous benefit to the city in many ways,” Mr. Mar said. “But I don’t think they’ve been paying their fair share”...

Video Captures Police Shooting in Louisiana  The Atlantic  ...The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an outside investigation into the death of Alton Sterling, a black man who was shot and killed near a convenience store early Tuesday morning by two white officers in the Baton Rouge Police Department. Sterling’s death prompted protests in Louisiana Tuesday night, and caused an outpouring of anger...

Police Officer Guns Down Black Driver In Front Of His Girlfriend And Her Child  Think Progress  ...On the heels of Alton Sterling’s brutal shooting in Louisiana, which sparked national outrage, a 32-year-old man in Falcon Heights, Minnesota was shot and killed by police while reaching for his wallet. Philando Castile was shot during a traffic stop Wednesday, after he was pulled over for a broken tail light by St. Anthony police officers...

Paul Ryan's Tax Plan Is Just a Shift toward Less Obvious Tax Breaks for the Rich  Alternet  ...Paul Ryan’s election-year tax reform agenda shocked some people with its 33 percent top marginal income tax rate on earned income. This is much lower than today’s rates—or even what prevailed after the George W. Bush tax cuts—but at the same time, it’s high relative to the world of wildly unrealistic Republican tax plans...

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