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Today's Teamster News For August 16, 2016

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Teamster Ready Mix Drivers Ratify New Agreement  Teamster.org  ...After a contentious contract rejection of what was characterized as a last, best, and final offer two weeks ago, Northern California Ready Mix drivers working for Cemex and Central Concrete overwhelmingly ratified an offer that was tentatively agreed to last Sunday. More than 400 drivers attending a meeting in the ballroom of the Oakland Hilton ratified the new offer by a 98 percent approval...

UPS CEO, Kasim Reed push for Trans-Pacific Partnership approval  AJC.com  ...UPS CEO David Abney urged business leaders to push Congress to ratify the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, arguing that small businesses interested in reaching new international markets face too much red tape under the status quo. Among those in opposition to TPP is the Teamsters union representing UPS drivers, whose members protested outside the downtown Atlanta building where the luncheon was held Monday...

TNBC’s 41st Annual T-Shirt Day  Teamster.org  ...On the third day of the Teamsters National Black Caucus (TNBC) Conference, everyone wore his or her 2016 TNBC T-shirt. TNBC Executive Director Antonio Christian welcomed Christy Bailey, Legislative Director of the Teamsters, who talked about why this year’s election is so critical, as well as the union’s current legislative efforts. "We know who has delivered for us that we elected the last time, and we know who we need to make sure is not reelected”...

Strike at Manoir Sainte-Julie: Teamsters Call Upon Minister Charbonneau  Labour Start  ...The Teamsters Union is calling upon Francine Charbonneau, Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying, to bring the owner of Résidences Soleil, Eddy Savoie, back to the negotiating table. Despite the maintenance of all services by union members, the month-long strike is impacting the quality of life of residents at Résidences Soleil's Manoir Sainte-Julie, and the Union wants to see the conflict resolved...

CVS Finally Agrees to Enter Federal Mediation  Local 727  ...After three weeks of ignoring the union, CVS management has finally responded to Teamsters Local 727’s request to enter federal mediation. The first mediation meeting is scheduled for Sept. 22. At the end of the last negotiation meeting on July 21 the union formally asked CVS to agree to enter federal mediation...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

S. Africa: Gautrain Workers Threaten To Go On Strike  EWN  ...A Gautrain strike is looming, with workers affiliated to the United National Transport Union awaiting the green light from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to embark on industrial action. Bus drivers and train operators are threatening to down tools if employer, Bombela Concessions, does not concede to their demand of a 9 percent salary hike...

UK: Deliveroo workers strike again over new pay structure  The Guardian  ...Workers for the takeaway delivery firm Deliveroo have staged a sixth day of protests over a new pay deal, saying concessions only apply to those who are willing to work in new areas. Last week, the firm, which sends couriers to restaurants including Pizza Express and Wagamama, told workers in some parts of London that it would be trialling a new pay structure...

Liberals rally to sink Obama trade deal  The Hill  ...Liberals are amping up their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on and off of Capitol Hill, amid escalating concerns that the package will get an 11th hour vote after the November elections. Republican leaders in both chambers have said it's unlikely the mammoth Pacific Rim trade deal will reach the floor this year. But the accord remains a top priority for President Obama...

Obama’s response to TPP rhetoric: Push harder  Politico  ...President Barack Obama couldn’t care less about Hillary Clinton’s position on the TPP as the White House moves full steam ahead in an effort to lay the groundwork for obtaining support for the controversial trade deal. The White House is making an all-out push to win passage of the deal in the lame-duck session of Congress...

Sanders to Democrats: Rule out lame-duck vote on trade deal  The Hill  ...Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is demanding congressional leadership rule out an end-of-the-year vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), after the Obama administration sent out a draft document on the trade deal. "It is now time for the leadership of the Democratic Party​ in the Senate and the House to join Secretary Clinton and​ go on the record in opposition to holding a vote on this job-killing trade deal during the lame-duck session of Congress and beyond"...

‘Rock against the TPP’ trade pact comes to the Showbox  Seattle Times  ...A controversial, 12-nation trade agreement is making unusual bedfellows, both in Washington, D.C. and among artists. This Friday, hip-hop musician Talib Kwel, actor Evangeline Lilly, punk-rock band Anti-Flag, comedian Hari Kondabolu and others will perform as part of “Rock Against the TPP”...

Trump Is Wrong, NAFTA Was Not Bill Clinton’s Creation  Politics USA  ...The origin of NAFTA dates back to 1990 as a trade pact among the three nations. Three leaders, American President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas were each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement in their home countries and each participated in ceremonial signing in their respective capitals on December 17, 1992...

The world is getting better at paid maternity leave. The U.S. is not.  Washington Post  ...Despite having one of the world's most advanced economies, the United States lags far behind other countries in its policies for expectant mothers. In addition to being the only highly competitive country where mothers are not guaranteed paid leave, it sits in stark contrast to countries such as Cuba and Mongolia that offer expectant mothers one year or more of paid leave...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

North Carolina appeals voter ID ruling to the Supreme Court  CNN  ...North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory asked the Supreme Court Monday night to freeze parts of a federal appeals court opinion from last month that struck key provisions of an omnibus election law and held that the law had been enacted with racially discriminatory intent. "We have asked Chief Justice John Roberts to stay the Fourth Circuit's ruling and reinstate North Carolina's Voter ID law," said McCrory in a statement...

State Senate To Vote On Overtime Pay For Farm Workers  CAP Radio  ...California has more than 800,000 farm workers. A proposal requiring employers to pay farm workers overtime after they work eight hours in a day or 40 hours a week may get a vote later this week in the state Senate. Philip Martin is a UC Davis agricultural economist. He says when it comes to mapping the hours of agricultural workers, California is in the dark...

Rauner signs law extending labor protections to domestic workers  Chicago Tribune  ...Illinois nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers will be entitled to the state minimum wage and basic human rights protections come Jan. 1 under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights amends four state laws to include domestic workers, who are among several groups excluded from basic labor protections and, worker advocates say, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse...

Minimum Wage Activists Turn Their Focus To The South  BuzzFeed  ...In 97 degree heat, thousands of low-wage workers marched in Richmond, Virginia this weekend to begin the next phase of the Fight for 15 movement — one that will concentrate on raising the minimum wage in the South. “Eyes on ’16, we want $15,” and “Put some respect on my check,” chanted a group of cooks and cashiers from Memphis, Tennessee and elsewhere across the country, before the group took a vote on their next strategic moves...

Baltimore City Council sends $15 minimum wage bill back to committee  Baltimore Sun  ...porters of a proposal to raise Baltimore's minimum wage to $15 an hour failed to muster the votes for passage Monday night, instead sending the bill back to committee and an uncertain future. Chief sponsor Mary Pat Clarke pledged to continue to look for the additional vote needed to pass the measure...

 

U.S. LABOR

Minneapolis airport workers authorize one-day strike  Fox 9  ...Hundreds of workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have voted to authorize a strike. The roughly 700 workers involved in the vote include cabin cleaners, cart drivers, wheelchair agents and baggage handlers employed by Delta sub-contractor AirServ. The results of the strike authorization vote were announced Monday afternoon at a Metropolitan Airports Commission...

Cleveland Teachers Union head calls for strike  Cleveland.com  ...Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke called for a strike today, after negotiations over the summer failed to bring agreement on a new contract with the district. Quolke said that he planned to ask union leadership at its gathering this evening to issue the 10-day notice of a strike required by law before teachers could hit the picket lines...

One of the biggest crime waves in America isn't what you think it is  The Week  ...In dollar terms, what group of Americans steals the most from their fellow citizens each year? The answer might surprise you: It's employers, many of whom are committing what's known as wage theft. It's not just about underpaying workers. They're not paying workers what they're legally owed for the labor they put in...

Too Old for Hard Labor, but Still on the Job  New York Times  ...Blue-collar jobs are hard work. Eventually, most blue-collar workers find the wear and tear on their bodies too draining to continue. Moreover, many industrial companies are reluctant to hire or keep older workers as the number of such jobs shrinks. Yet many blue-collar workers, like their white-collar counterparts, can’t afford or don’t want to retire...

A Conservative Push for Paid Family Leave  The Atlantic  ...As Democratic calls for universal paid family-leave benefits have grown louder in recent years, Republican politicians and lawmakers have slowly joined in with modest proposals of their own. Donald Trump is proposing a tax deduction for child care, while GOP-backed bills in Congress would provide tax credits to employers who offer paid leave or allow employees to accrue time off instead of income for working overtime...

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap  American Prospect  ...The racial wealth gap has gotten so wide that if the average wealth of black families continues to grow at the same pace it has over the last 30 years and the average wealth of white families remained stagnant, black families would still need a stunning 228 years to amass the same amount of wealth that the average white family has today...

Uber and Lyft Want to Replace Public Buses  Bloomberg  ...Now the company and its main U.S. competitor, Lyft, are playing around with the idea of becoming the bus driver, too. Uber has partnered with a handful of local public transportation agencies to strike deals like the one in Pinellas Park, which it expanded earlier this month. Later this month Lyft plans to launch a partnership with Centennial, Colorado...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Historic Rains Flood Southeast Louisiana  Think Progress  ...A state of emergency has been issued in Louisiana where at least four people died and thousands were rescued in the southeast following historic rains projected to continue through the week. President Obama granted disaster declaration requests for some of the affected communities Sunday, a day after the state issued its own emergency declaration...

"Extreme Vetting": Trump Vows Ideological Test for Immigrants & Return to McCarthy-Era Repression  Democracy Now  ...Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump invoked the Cold War as he pledged to wage war against what he described as the "ideology of radical Islam" during a speech in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday. Trump also vowed to institute "extreme vetting" of visa applicants...

A century of data shows that Donald Trump is wrong about the jobs impact of immigration  Quartz  ...If Donald Trump wants an immigration system that works for Americans, he might want to consider one with far fewer restrictions than he’s proposing. Immigrants don’t cause high unemployment. A century of data suggests Trump has both his chronology and his causation reversed—it shows that a thriving US job market causes immigration to rise...

A federal report just confirmed it: for-profit prisons are more dangerous than public ones  Vox  ...A new report by the US Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) looked at federal prisons run by three companies — the Corrections Corporation of America, the GEO Group, and the Management and Training Corporation — to compare them with similar public prisons. And the findings don’t look good for private prisons...

Milwaukee Neighborhoods Slid After Factory Jobs Vanished  Wall Street Journal  ...Long before Sherman Park on the city’s north side erupted in violence over a fatal police shooting, it was a community sliding into decline, said resident Michael Young. As manufacturing jobs emptied out over the past two decades, he watched the neighborhood hollow out...

#IllWalkWithYou: People Offer to Accompany Muslims to Mosques in Wake of Shooting  TIME  ...Following the shooting of a New York City mosque leader and an associate, people are offering to accompany Muslims to and from the mosque so they can pray in safety. Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and his associate Thara Uddin, 64, were fatally shot in the back of the head as they left Al-Furqan Jame Masjid in Queens on Saturday...

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