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Today's Teamster News For August 31, 2016

TEAMSTERS

Union Fights Against Coca-Cola’s Unfair Labor Practices  Local 727  ...Teamsters Local 727 has filed multiple unfair labor practice charges against Coca-Cola management with the National Labor Relations Board. The charges stem from the company’s unilateral changes to working conditions and refusal to process grievances. “Coca-Cola management needs to get its act together,” said John Coli Jr., President of Local 727...

City Stewards, Rank-and-File Members and Local 700 Staff Unite to Discuss Upcoming 2017 Contract  Local 700  ...On Tuesday, Aug. 23, a group of nearly 25 city members, comprised of mostly stewards and a few rank-and-file representatives, gathered at the Teamsters Local 700 meeting hall to collaborate on ideas and strategies for the upcoming 2017 City of Chicago contract. Local 700 President Becky Strzechowski, Secretary-Treasurer Michael G. Melone and Senior Staff Attorney Cass Casper were present, along with all Local 700 city business agents and assistant business agents...

Teamsters, Hartford Distributors Agree On Five-Year Contract  Courant.com  ...About 120 Teamsters who work in the warehouse and on the road for Hartford Distributors have agreed to a five-year contract. The Hartford Distributors owners, the Hollander family, locked out the workers for eight weeks, starting in early June. The two sides were unable to reach an agreement in negotiations, and the previous contract expired at the end of April...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Kuwait: 200 workers on strike over unpaid wages  Construction Week Online  ...More than 200 Asian workers have gone on strike in Kuwait, claiming that they had not been paid for six months by their company. According to Arabic daily Al Qabas, the men protested outside Kuwait’s Ministry of Justice. The services director at The Palace of Justice spoke to the protesters and told them to submit their grievances at the Social and Labour Affairs Ministry...

TTIP Talks Likely to Fail Unless Concluded by Year-End  Sputnik News  ...Talks on the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are most likely to fail unless concluded before the end of 2016, Foreign Trade Association’s Head of International Trade Policy Pierre-Michael Groening told Sputnik on Wednesday. On Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande and German Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel suggested in separate statements that it would be impossible to conclude the TTIP agreement before the end of the year...

Yet Another Transatlantic Trade Deal Threatening Food Safety, Groups Warn  Common Dreams  ...The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a controversial trade deal between Canada and the European Union (E.U.), threatens food safety and other consumer standards, according to a new report by a coalition of advocacy groups. Even as other global trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) fall apart amid failed negotiations, consumers and workers around the world still aren't in the clear...

Feingold tells union leaders he will oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership  WRN  ...Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold is pledging to fight against trade deals that he believes hurt American workers. Speaking to a meeting of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO in Madison, Feingold said the state has for years felt the effects of trade deals that benefit corporations and not workers, citing the effects of NAFTA...

How Trump or Clinton could kill Pacific trade deal  Politico  ...Between the voluminous TPP text and the “fast-track” trade promotion authority law passed last year, there are a pair of provisions that allow the president to slow-walk or even kill the landmark 12-nation pact. The next president could refuse to verify that other countries have implemented their early commitments under the pact...

The Billion Dollar Ultimatum  Buzzfeed  ...Known as investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS, this legal system is written into a vast network of treaties that set the rules for international trade and investment. It is as striking for its power as for its secrecy, with its proceedings — and in many cases its decisions — kept from public view...

Mexico rages against Trump visit  Politico  ...Donald Trump may have accepted the invitation of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for a Wednesday meeting in Mexico City, but the Republican presidential nominee is getting the cold shoulder in a country where public views of its own president are already abysmally low...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Missouri mega donor spent another $2.3 million pushing ‘right to work’  Kansas City Star  ...Joplin businessman David Humphreys continues to spend big in the hopes he can fill the Missouri General Assembly with lawmakers who will finally pass a “right to work” law. Humphreys and his family were busy in the run-up to the August primary supporting challengers to Republican incumbents who have historically opposed tougher regulations on labor unions...

Christie sends $54M to towns after vote on public worker health care cuts  NJ.com  ...New Jersey's distressed cities will have $54 million coming their way following Gov. Chris Christie's announcement Monday that he will release the aid he'd frozen because he wanted to force public worker health care cuts. Christie had sequestered more than $100 million in transitional aid to municipalities and funding for social programs... 

Maine governor mulls political future amid racism flap  Reuters  ...Combative Maine Governor Paul LePage told a radio host on Tuesday that he was considering not finishing his term in office, amid a wave of criticism after he left a lawmaker a profanity-filled voicemail. But the two-term, Tea Party-backed Republican governor subsequently appeared to backtrack on the idea, paraphrasing Mark Twain in a tweet that read in part: "The reports of my political demise are greatly exaggerated"...

Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Bill, Calling Raise to $15 ‘Really Radical’  NY Times  ...When it comes to the subject of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, the gulf between the governors of New Jersey and New York is much wider than the Hudson River. On Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey reminded low-wage workers of the breadth of that divide when he vetoed a bill that would have raised his state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years...

State That Exposed 6 Million Voters’ Private Data Says It Doesn’t Need Election Security Aid  Think Progress  ...Georgia’s aging, paperless voting machines have been called a “sitting duck” for hackers. Six million Georgia voters had reams of personal information exposed by a data breach in Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office earlier this year. Yet Kemp is refusing an offer from the Department of Homeland Security to help shore up the cyber-security of the state’s vulnerable voting machines...

New Voting Laws in the South Could Affect Millions of African Americans  NBC News  ...Nine Southern states have implemented voting restrictions since 2012. Most require voters to show state-issued photo ID at the polls. African-Americans who fought for voting rights during the Civil Rights movement claim the new laws are meant to secure a Republican majority in states with large black populations that consistently vote Democrat... 

 

U.S. LABOR

Airport workers avert strike, take big step toward union representation  Workday Minnesota  ...A strike has been averted at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and workers have moved one step closer toward union representation with an agreement announced Monday between Air Serv Corporation and Service Employees International Union Local 26. Air Serv employs about 700 cart drivers, wheelchair agents, cabin cleaners, lavatory and water service fillers, unaccompanied minor escorts and baggage handlers at MSP...

Workers at San Pablo Lytton Casino push for higher pay, better job protections  East Bay Times  ...Workers at San Pablo Lytton Casino are pushing for a wage increase and better worker protections, including the right to retain their jobs if they need time off to care for a newborn or a sick family member. The demands are part of the ongoing labor negotiations by Unite Here, a union that represents some 270 workers at the casino, the only urban casino in the Bay Area...

USW Calls on Novelis to Drop Legal Challenges, Bargain Contract  PR Newswire  ...In response to yet another National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling finding that the company committed unfair labor practices, the United Steelworkers (USW) today called on aluminum maker Novelis to recognize the USW at its Oswego facility and begin bargaining a fair contract. On Friday, a three-person NLRB panel issued a unanimous ruling upholding a previous order from an administrative law judge finding that Novelis interfered in a union election...

Chicago Teachers Union plans another vote on authorizing strike  Chicago Tribune  ...Chicago Teachers Union officials told members they plan to hold another strike authorization vote, as teachers start a second school year without a contract. The latest twist in negotiations between the union and Chicago Public Schools comes a week before classes are set to begin at most schools...

USW protests layoffs of 75, pay cuts for 200  NWI.com  ...Hundreds of steelworkers rallied Friday afternoon in downtown Gary to protest the layoffs of about 75 workers and pay cuts for about 200 more. United Steelworkers union members marched to the gates of U.S. Steel's Gary Works steel mill, where the union says the company gutted its maintenance department after the consulting firm McKinsey recommended hiring contractors to do maintenance instead...

Workers at Nation's Only Lipton Tea Factory Vote to Unionize  DC Labor  ...​Last week, nearly 200 workers at the Lipton plant in southeast Virginia voted to unionize with Local 400 of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). The Lipton plant has operated in Suffolk, Virginia for more than 60 years and produces nearly all of the Lipton tea sold in North America. More than 200 employees currently work at the plant...

The Wage Gap Is Worse for Black Women  The Nation  ...As the leading woman presidential candidate campaigns against the backdrop of the twentieth anniversary of welfare reform, the legacy of Clinton’s early political career continues to resonate painfully for black women. They still participate in the US workforce at a rate higher than that of other women—59.2 percent, compared to 57 percent of women overall—but still earn just 67 cents for every dollar a white male earns... 

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Obama Grants Clemency To 111 Prisoners; DOJ 'Confident' It Will Clear Backlog  NPR  ...President Obama shortened the prison sentences of 111 inmates Tuesday, including 35 people who had expected to spend the rest of their lives in federal custody, authorities told NPR. Word of the new batch of clemency grants came as the second in command at the Justice Department told NPR that lawyers there have worked through an enormous backlog of drug cases...

Court Costs Entrap Nonwhite, Poor Juvenile Offenders  NY Times  ...Fines, fees and restitution mandates are levied on juvenile offenders to varying degrees in every state, a new national survey of these practices has found. The effects are greatest on the poor and racial minorities, creating a two-tiered system of justice, according to the report, published by the Juvenile Law Center...

Former Models for Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally  Mother Jones  ...Republican nominee Donald Trump has placed immigration at the core of his presidential campaign. He has claimed that undocumented immigrants are "taking our jobs" and "taking our money." But the mogul's New York modeling agency, Trump Model Management, has profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here...

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