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Today's Teamster News For August 11, 2016

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Teamsters, Labor Win Injunction Suspending Right-to-Work in West Virginia  Teamster.org  ...Today, all of labor and the middle class working families of West Virginia won a major victory after the Kanawha County Circuit Court granted a request for an injunction that would suspend the destructive right-to-work legislation that was passed earlier this year. International Brotherhood of Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, who also serves as President of Teamster Local 175 in South Charleston, testified before the Kanawha County Circuit Court...

Kanawha judge blocks WV right-to-work  Gazette-Mail  ...A Kanawha circuit judge Wednesday evening issued a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of West Virginia’s new right-to-work law. Ken Hall, president of Teamsters Local 175, in South Charleston, and secretary-treasurer of Teamsters International, testified that members of Local 175 would end up paying an extra $172 in union dues to cover union services provided to so-called free-riders... 

TNBC Meets for 41st Annual Conference  Teamster.org   ...More than 300 members, delegates and guests met on the first day of the 41st Annual Conference of the Teamsters National Black Caucus (TNBC) in Independence, Ohio. Antonio Christian, Executive Director, talked about the importance of making the TNBC known to all Teamsters. A big focus of the conference was organizing. Christian closed the first day by speaking about the Black Lives Matter movement...

Judge tosses U.S. Chamber’s suit against Seattle over Uber union law, calling it premature  Seattle Times  ...A federal judge has tossed out the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit against Seattle’s new ordinance giving Uber and taxi drivers the ability to unionize, calling the suit premature. Backed by Teamsters Local 117, the ordinance also covers drivers with for-hire companies and taxi companies. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) guarantees most private employees the right to collective bargaining...

Local 710 YRC Workers Unanimously Ratify New Contract  Local 710  ...Maintenance and custodial workers at YRC Freight represented by Teamsters Local 710 have unanimously ratified a new four-year agreement. Members will receive wage increases of 33 cents per hour in each of the final three years of the agreement, which would retroactively begin April 1, 2016. Teamsters will receive back pay from that point...

Drivers Bring Attention to Port of Seattle's Anti-Worker Behavior  Local 117  ...Dozens of newly organized Teamster taxi drivers and their Labor allies packed a Port of Seattle Commission meeting to speak about the Port’s recent anti-worker behavior. Last month the publically owned Port put their profits before the well being of workers when they awarded the SeaTac Airport taxi contract to Eastside For Hire...

600-plus Bay Area Teamsters set to ratify Cemex, Central Concrete agreement  Concrete Products  ...Teamsters Local 853 reports a tentative agreement with major northern California ready mixed producers Cemex and Central Concrete Supply following a marathon August 7 bargaining session. The union will formally present the producers’ offer to rank & file on August 14, the contract containing “significant wage and benefit increases while holding fast on other terms and conditions the employers attempted to modify”...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Women of Samsung Walk Out — National Strike for Equal Pay Hits Korea  Medium  ...After decades of wage discrimination and unequal treatment, the female employees of Samsung staged the largest walk out the company and country has ever seen in protest. Early this morning female employees of Samsung streamed out of the main entrance of the conglomerate’s HQ as a unified front. Nearly 30,000 strong, the women discarded their employee badges on the floor of the main lobby...

Canadian Auto Workers Warn GM Strike is Coming  Detroit Bureau  ...General Motors Co. could face a punishing strike in Canada this fall unless it agrees to make a firm commitment to invest in the Oshawa assembly complex and St. Catherine’s engine plant, warned the head of Unifor, the union that represents 23,000 Canadian workers employed by GM, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler NV...

Poll: Support for TPP grows  The Hill  ...Support for one of the largest trade deals in a generation is growing as more people learn about it, according to a poll released Thursday. A Morning Consult poll shows more people supporting the Obama-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership, although a majority of voters still say they have heard little or nothing about the agreement... 

AFL-CIO: Time to break the mold at USTR  Politico  ...Union officials who could hold the key to putting Hillary Clinton in the White House want her to break the mold for the job of U.S. trade representative by choosing someone more concerned about strengthening American manufacturing than negotiating new trade deals. “We don’t think that’s the kind of person we’ve had in that position over the past several decades,” Thea Lee, deputy chief of staff for the AFL-CIO, told Politico...

Brazil's lower house waters down states' austerity measures  Reuters  ...Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved a watered-down version of a bill that imposed spending limits on cash-strapped states in exchange for hefty debt relief. Lawmakers voted 282-140 to approve the main text of the bill after the government bowed to pressure from governors and removed tougher limits on states' spending on employees... 

Controversy Grows In Rio Over Political Protests During Olympics  NPR  ...At Rio's Summer Games, there's plenty of drama inside the arenas — but it's not all about sport. As is traditional for the host country's head of state, interim President Michel Temer declared the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics open for business on Aug. 5. But instead of cheers, the crowd erupted into boos. Brazilians, in the midst of a national political crisis, loudly made their dislike of him known...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

The Labor Department is pushing states to create their own paid family leave programs  Washington Post  ...The U.S. Labor Department announced Tuesday that it will grant $1.1 million to six states and municipalities that want to start their own paid family leave programs. The recipients — Denver; Franklin, Ohio; Madison, Wis.; and Hawaii, Indiana and Pennsylvania — will use the money to research how much it would cost to open the public aid to its residents...

An expansion of California's family leave law, stalled in the Legislature, gets a second chance  LA Times  ...Democratic legislative leaders said Wednesday they are renewing a push to expand California's family leave law, an effort stymied earlier in the year when the proposal was surprisingly killed in an Assembly committee. The proposal would require a company of 10 or more workers to allow eligible employees up to 12 weeks of job-protected parental leave to bond with a new child...

Cleveland council rejects $15 minimum wage, backers won't back down  Cleveland.com  ...After months of contentious debate and public hearings, Cleveland City Council officially has rejected a proposal to set the city's minimum wage at $15 an hour. But the "Fight for $15" movement still has a lot of fight left in it, as organizers now turn their attention toward their remaining options for getting the issue on the November ballot...

Three Republican Judges Restore Wisconsin Voter Suppression Law  Think Progress  ...In a boost to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, an especially conservative panel of three Republican-appointed judges stayed a trial judge’s decision weakening Wisconsin’s voter ID law. Voter ID laws are a common tactic favored by conservative lawmakers which tend to shift the overall makeup of the electorate rightward...

World’s largest online travel company Expedia severs ties with ALEC  The Guardian  ...Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company, has become the latest tech firm to sever ties with Alec, the rightwing lobby group with a history of fighting against climate change legislation and other progressive causes. The company had previously been a sponsor of ALEC, a lobby group that promotes conservative legislation at state level...

Group pushing for $15 per hour minimum wage holds national convention in Richmond Friday-Saturday  Richmond.com  ...Thousands of workers are expected to gather in Richmond on Friday and Saturday to push for a $15 per hour minimum wage — a measure opponents say could backfire and force companies to eliminate jobs and hire fewer lower-skilled people. The first national Fight for $15 Convention is expected to draw 3,000 people each day to the Greater Richmond Convention Center...

 

U.S. LABOR

Grocery workers approve new contract, union reports  LA Times  ...Grocery workers at Albertsons and Ralphs approved a new contract with the companies in voting that took place on Monday and Tuesday. The agreement was reached after five months of talks between the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, representing the employees, and the two companies. The contract provides for modest pay increases over the next three years...

Law 360 votes on union  Politico  ...Law360 employees will begin voting today on whether to join the NewsGuild of New York. Ballots will be counted by Aug. 24. The vote comes after management declined to recognize the NewsGuild voluntarily and hired a law firm that specializes in “union avoidance”...

Superior Court Clerks Agree to Mediation, Strike Continues  NBC  ...A possible solution to the Santa Clara County Superior Court employees strike is in the works. The Superior Court Professional Employees Association confirmed on Wednesday its negotiation team has agreed to work toward mediation with court management. County management has offered basically a 9.5-percent raise with what it called a 15 percent gross raise over two years... 

Trump Taj Mahal Workers Continue Strike Despite Impending Closure  Truthout  ...Last week, the strike, which is now the longest in Atlantic City since the first casino opened almost 40 years ago, was dealt a fatal blow. Taj Mahal Entertainment, the company that runs the casino, announced that it will close this fall due to lackluster profits and the negative impact of the strike on the casino's bottom line...

Wage Inequality Makes Even Highly Paid Employees Work Less  Mic.com  ...Pay disparities aren't just bad for workers. Turns out unequal pay for equal work also hurts employers: It makes workers of all pay levels significantly less productive and more likely to play hooky, reducing attendance by 12%, according to a new study by economists at Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley...

The Millions of Americans Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Barely Mention: The Poor  NY Times  ...The candidates have this in common: Both promise to help Americans find jobs; neither has said much about helping people while they are not working. “We don’t have a full-voiced condemnation of the level or extent of poverty in America today,” said Matthew Desmond, a Harvard professor of sociology... 

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

New Lawsuit Details The Shady Tactics ICE Agents Used To Detain Moms And Kids  Think Progress  ...The U.S. government is withholding information about a series of immigration raids in January that led to the arrest and deportation proceedings of more than 100 Central American women and children seeking asylum in the country, according to a new complaint. The complaint was filed by the civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)...

The Horror of the Baltimore Police Department  The Atlantic  ...The Baltimore Police Department routinely violated the constitutional rights of citizens, used excessive force, and discriminated against African Americans, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a detailed investigation released Wednesday. “The relationship between the Baltimore Police Department and many of the communities it serves is broken,” the 163-page report states... 

Korryn Gaines Blackout Signals Expansion of Law Enforcement's Special Relationship With Facebook  Truthout  ...Baltimore County police did not want Korryn Gaines in contact with her Facebook audience when they served a warrant at her home last week. So they asked the company to deactivate her account. In the moments leading up to her death from police gunfire, Facebook complied. The deactivation of Gaines' account cut her off from her only means of communicating with the public...

Wal-Mart takes on Kroger with Cincinnati online order, pickup service  Business Journal  ...Wal-Mart Stores is taking on Kroger Co. in its backyard at its own game of making shopping more convenient. Wal-Mart launched its online order and customer pickup service in four Greater Cincinnati Wal-Mart stores on Tuesday. The world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart added the service at its Wal-Mart Supercenters...

Millions Of Americans May Be Drinking Toxic Water, Harvard Study Finds  Think Progress  ...The drinking water of some six million people across the country may have elevated levels of unregulated toxic chemicals widely used in the past in many household products — notably pans coated with Teflon — a Harvard-led study published Tuesday found. According to the study, 75 percent of public water systems that exceeded PFAS federally recommended safety levels were found in 13 states...

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