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Today's Teamster News For August 4, 2016

 

TEAMSTERS

HDI Teamsters Attend Memorial To Honor Victims Of 2010 Workplace Shooting   Teamsters...Today, hundreds of Hartford Distributors Inc. (HDI) workers attended a memorial at the facility to pay tribute to the eight victims of the 2010 workplace shooting that devastated the local community. The workers, who are represented by Teamsters Local 1035 in South Windsor, Conn., joined with members of HDI’s management team, members of the community and religious leaders to honor the memory of the men who lost their lives during the senseless act of violence six years ago...

Teamsters To Return To Work At Hartford Distributors   Hartford Courant...Eight weeks after the owners of Hartford Distributors locked out 120 warehouse workers and drivers, the men are returning to work. The first shift of about 27 workers in the warehouse was scheduled to report to work 9 p.m. Wednesday. The return to work comes on an emotional day for the company — the sixth anniversary of a workplace shooting at Hartford Distributors in which a disgruntled employee killed eight workers. Family members of victims, employees and friends gathered at the memorial garden on the company campus earlier in the day...

Teamsters Set The Stage For Local City Elections With Historic First Tri-City Political Action Meeting: Constituent Concerns Addressed in Cities of Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario   Teamsters Local 1932...This momentous occasion was organized by Beth Zendejas, Political Action Coordinator and Steve Matthews, Business Agent Coordinator and Chairman of the Panel.  The meeting introduced Local 1932 members that work and live in Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana to their City Council candidates. While the candidates were not endorsed by the Teamsters, they were given the chance to answer voter questions on various topics from the audience...

Teamsters Announce Tentative Car-Haul Agreement   Transport Topics...The union, in a web posting, said, “The National Union Bargaining Committee has fully endorsed this new tentative settlement and believes it meets the goals of the car-haul membership and provides for their long-term job security.” Union members have been working without a contract since the prior agreement expired Aug. 31. Since then, a previous tentative agreement was rejected by a wide margin...

Negotiations With Minooka School Districts 111 And 201 Break Down, Local 179 President Tom Flynn Addresses Membership In Letter   Teamsters Local 179...Today, August 2, 2016, negotiations between Local 179 and Minooka School Districts 111 and 201 officially broke down. "Normally I leave the details of negotiations at the table, but since the district decided to stoop to a level I have never before seen and try to 'win' public opinion through social media, I feel I must respond," Flynn said in a letter posted online...

NYC'S Last Milk Bottling Plant Will Close This Fall   Gothamist...Demos Demopoulos, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 553, told us on Wednesday that he got the news from the company Monday, and passed it along to the workers yesterday. He says he's demanding that the company negotiate with the workers for a severance package, and possibly an extension of benefits past their termination date. The plant workers recently negotiated a raise that brought their hourly pay from $10 per hour, to just shy of $15...

Union Negotiations Could Affect Amazon's New Atlas Air Cargo Service   Puget Sound Business Journal...After Atlas reported its quarterly earnings Wednesday, Daniel Wells, president of the Teamsters Local 1224, issued a statement suggesting that contract could be at risk. "Executives at Atlas Air are delaying contract negotiations with pilots and putting the business at risk," Wells said. "With the growing pilot shortage, pilots at Atlas Air have real concerns about the company's ability to delivery on promises to clients"...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Why The Mainstream Media Is Silent About The Trans-Pacific Partnership   MintNews.com...Considering a New York Times poll from June 2015, which found an alarming 78 percent of respondents had no substantial knowledge of the looming agreement — 30 percent said they hadn’t heard or read much about it, while 48 percent had zero knowledge of it whatsoever — the dearth in coverage by mainstream media allowed the TPP to go virtually unnoticed by the public it directly affects. From August 1, 2013 through January 31, 2015, Media Matters for America tracked how often the TPP earned a mention from the Big Three major cable news outlets: CNN, Fox, and MSNBC. During that lengthy period, CNN and Fox acknowledged the TPP just one time each — and while MSNBC appeared more on the ball, with 73 mentions, the now-canceled The Ed Show was responsible for 71 of those...

Egyptian President Sisi Announces Austerity Measures As Egypt Seeks IMF Loan   MiddleEastEye.net...President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday warned Egyptians that strict economic measures would be implemented to reduce the country’s deficit, as the government entered talks with the International Monetary Fund for a $12bn loan program. The austerity policies include subsidy cuts, tax reforms and privatizations of state-owned companies as Sisi said the government needed civilian support. "The problem is whether public opinion is prepared to accept the measures which could be tough or harsh," he said at a leadership conference for young people...

Why Has Britain Stopped Striking? Workers No Longer Feel Empowered To Act   The Guardian...Although striking is a last resort for workers on account of the lost wages incurred, the fact that only 170,000 days were lost to strikes in 2015 (compared with 29.5m in 1979) indicates just how weak the vast majority of workers feel they are in today’s labor market. It shows workers perceive themselves as ever more powerless to collectively stand up against the increasingly common employment practices. Some companies now require employees to shoulder what were previously employer responsibilities (such as national insurance, pensions and sick pay) and be subject to pernicious performance management targets and monitoring...

Many Good Reasons To Make Noise Over TTIP   The Irish Examiner (opinion)...Last week, the US and EU concluded their 14th round of negotiations as US resident Barack Obama hopes to finalise TTIP before leaving office in 2017. TTIP negotiators state the agreement will help small and medium enterprises in particular, arguing those who sell artisan products such as cream cakes and chocolate need a trade agreement to do more business across the pond. However, analysis of TTIP’s impacts in Ireland demonstrates that the biggest winners will be the electronics, pharmaceutical, and chemical sectors — industries that already have strong multi-national ties between the US and EU...

More On The Trade In Services Agreement, Thanks To WikiLeaks   Economy Watch...Australia, the US and the European Union have been quietly negotiating the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) since 2013, but until now there has been silence around the process and substance of the negotiations. However, the release of confidential documents by WikiLeaks shows the agreement would further complicate multilateral trading systems set by the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services. This is a serious concern for the future of service-oriented economies, like Australia, considering that TiSA parties collectively account for around 70% of the global trade in services...

TPP Would Make Medicine A Luxury For Developing Nations   The Hill...The United States currently grants data exclusivity, a type of intellectual property protection, to new biologic products for 12 years. Data exclusivity prevents firms that create similar molecules called bio-similars from using data from the original biologic to enter the market. This increases financial returns for biologic developers, but extending similar standards abroad would make many medicines unaffordable to millions of people throughout the world...

With CETA And TPP In Trouble, What’s Canada’s Plan B On Trade?   The Globe and Mail (opinion)...Canada’s international-trade aspirations are facing serious problems, none of which are Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s fault, but all of which are likely to cause his government significant headaches in the short term. It appears that both major free-trade agreements Canada had been poised to join – the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Europe and the Trans-Pacific Partnership – are now either dead or in a deep coma. The likely demise of both sweeping treaties is due to different immediate factors, but related to a general pushback against elitism and globalization by populations in Europe and the United States...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Paid Family Leave Benefits Rising In Some Sectors, Regions   Associated Press...The call for paid family leave on the Democratic party platform is the most ambitious attempt by a major party in years to reverse the United States' status as the only industrialized nation without any standard for paid time off for new parents. But over the last five years a handful of states and some industries have been quietly increasing this benefit...

Paid Parental Leave: More Americans Are Getting It, But Not The Ones Who Need It Most   Mic.com...Certain U.S. industries have been disproportionately more or less likely to increase paid leave, with blue-collar workers seeing among the fewest gains. The Department of Labor found that less than 10% of U.S. service, manufacturing, farming or construction workers get paid family time off, a rate that has been stagnant since 2011. On the other hand, the proportion of workers in the technology sector with access to paid leave has climbed to 30% in 2015, up from 23% in 2011....

Minneapolis Hearing On $15 Minimum Wage Turns Contentious   Minneapolis Star-Tribune...Groups pushing Minneapolis to adopt a $15 minimum wage and require police to carry insurance say they are readying lawsuits against the city after the City Council moved Wednesday to block the two issues from going to voters in November. In a contentious committee meeting that ran three hours-plus, council members considered a single question: Did the two proposals meet the legal requirements to put them on the ballot as amendments to the city’s charter?...

The Minimum Wage Hike Is Good For Business   Forbes (opinion)...As the CEO of Wetzel’s Pretzels, a company with more than 3,000 employees system-wide—many of them in California—I’ve paid very close attention to our business as California has raised the minimum wage over the past couple of years. And what I found was stunning. When California increased the state minimum wage from $8 to $9 an hour in July 2014, our same-store sales doubled in the next two weeks and stayed that way for six months. When the minimum increased again in January of this year to $10, the same thing happened; our same-store growth rate more than doubled...

The Department Of Labor Is Taking On Big Chicken   Buzzfeed...Pilgrim’s Pride, America’s second-largest chicken producer, has been cited by the Department of Labor for 14 serious violations of health and safety standards, including hurt denying workers access to medical care. The Department of Labor citation includes gritty details of the risks it says are faced by employees in poultry-processing plants, which have long been notorious for their difficult working conditions. It cites amputation risks at un-covered “shear points” in the “evisceration area,” hole-riddled floors in the knife room, rotting platforms from which workers hazarded 12-foot falls, and stagnant water near bathrooms...

A Guide To All Of Donald Trump’s Flip-Flops On The Minimum Wage   Washington Post...The folly of fact-checking Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s stances on policy proposals is that he believes “you need flexibility” and “everything is negotiable.” Of course policymakers make compromises, but Trump’s “flexibility” has left him contradicting himself on several policy issues on the campaign trail. One such issue is the federal minimum wage...

Pro-business Push Leaves Incumbent Lawmakers On Sidelines   St. Louis Post-Dispatch...Tuesday’s election showed that a push by big business to weaken Missouri labor laws will be front and center again when a new crop of state lawmakers take their seats next year. The bitter fight to get a “right to work” law on the books played out in four races for seats in the Legislature and is expected to again be a focal point during the general election in November...

 

U.S. LABOR

Unions Could Make A Comeback — If We Help Them   Washington Post (opinion)...Americans are choosing to speak up together at work because they recognize that unions serve as a needed check and balance on corporate power. When working people can negotiate a fair return on their work, they earn higher wages and better benefits. The activism of individuals in unions has a ripple effect across communities. Non-union employees in similar industries and nearby locations generally see their working standards improve. It’s no surprise, then, that the decrease in unions has contributed to the increase in income inequality...

Faculty Union Warns Of Potential Strike At State-Owned Universities   Radio Pennsylvania...The 14 state-owned universities and the union that represents their faculty are still negotiating a new contract. The last deal has been expired for more than a year and the threat of a strike is becoming more real. Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties have never been on strike before, but their president says this time it's serious...

SF Janitors Reach Contract Deal, Avoiding Strike   San Francisco Gate...A tentative agreement to raise wages was reached Wednesday evening between a union representing thousands of San Francisco janitors and the cleaning companies that employ them, preventing a strike amid tense negotiations, union leaders said. The mayor’s office stepped in to assist negotiations between Local 87 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents 3,500 janitors in the city, and a group of janitorial services that includes ABM Industries, officials said...

SAG-AFTRA Unionizes Spanish-Language Radio Stations KLAX, KXOL   Variety...The on-air talent at Spanish-language stations La Raza (KLAX/97.9) and La Mega (KXOL/96.3) in Los Angeles have voted in favor of SAG-AFTRA serving as their exclusive collective bargaining representative. The election was conducted on Monday by the National Labor Relations Board...

'Shame on the Judges': Santa Clara County Court Clerks Strike For More Pay   NBC Bay Area...Most of the 380 clerks in the union showed up outside the San Jose Hall of Justice, chanting about what they feel is "labor abuse." Drivers honked in support and brought some of the protesters donuts. They were supported by high-profile players, including Max Zarzana, president of the Government Attorneys Association, who grabbed a bullhorn who told the clerks they should be treated with respect and deserve a living wage...

Uber Drivers' Union Could Be Delayed 6 Months Or More   Seattle Post-Intelligencer...City staff conducted outreach after passage of the ordinance, but seems to have only contacted about 180 or so drivers and a handful of managers, leaving nearly 90 percent of drivers potentially unaware of what’s at stake, said David Mendoza, senior policy advisor for the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Immigration. While many drivers said the more democratic ‘one driver, one vote’ approach was better, some worried that a company like Uber could flood the city with new hires aimed at diluting the vote in their favor...

Area Uber Drivers Seek Basic Workplace Protections   CBS Philadelphia...Local Uber drivers who are looking for basic workplace protections have their eyes on a New York union affiliate. The Independent Drivers Guild based in the Big Apple is a joint project between the Machinists Union and independent drivers. Uber drivers here would like to have the same support and protections that Uber drivers in New York have, like an in app gratuity option and an appeals panel to hear their side if Uber deactivates the driver from the system for some reason (for example, poor rating score from passengers)...

Statement From UNITE HERE Local 54 President Bob McDevitt On Closing Of Trump Taj Mahal   UNITE HERE Local 54 (release)..."How petty. I would never have thought Carl Icahn was so one-dimensional," said McDevitt in a press release posted online. "The great deal-maker would rather burn the Trump Taj Mahal down just so he can control the ashes. For a few million bucks he could have had labor peace and a content workforce, but instead he’d rather slam the door shut on these long-term workers just to punish them and attempt to break their strike"...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

San Francisco ‘Tech Tax’ Supporters Eye 2017 Ballot Measure   CBS San Francisco...Kung Feng with Jobs with Justice San Francisco said the technology industry bears a unique responsibility to help address the housing crisis, given how many new workers it has attracted to the city. “Unfortunately we missed the deadline for this November, that’s why it was a disappointment. And we see a growing pattern of tech influence at City Hall,” Feng said...

Black Lives Matter Is Joining The Fight Against Deportations—And It Could Be A Game Changer   Fusion...Black Lives Matter, which started as a hashtag in 2013, has quickly evolved into a leading civil rights movement that until this week has mainly focused on policing issues that affect the black community. But on Monday the movement adopted a more comprehensive platform developed by the Movement for Black Lives, which has a list of demands, including a call for an “end to the war on Black immigrants.” Specifically, the group is calling for an end to immigration raids, a halt to deportations and assurances that all immigrants have access to an attorney before going before an immigration judge...

The Citizens United Playbook: How A Top GOP Lawyer Guided A Chinese-Owned Company Into U.S. Presidential Politics   The Intercept...As unlimited contributions have coursed through the election system in the post-Citizens United world, no one has been able to point to a specific example of foreign money flowing into U.S. presidential politics as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision. Until now. The Intercept has determined that a corporation owned by a Chinese couple made a major donation to Jeb Bush’s Super PAC Right to Rise USA — and it did so after receiving detailed advice from Charlie Spies, arguably the most important Republican campaign finance lawyer in American politics...

What Protest Looks Like   New York Times (opinion)...What activists then did in the U.S. was to create a performative form of protest that insisted we not look away but consider over and over again what had happened. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” calls our attention to the instant before the definitive violence, a moment where a reasonable person (to use legal phrasing) could and should have decided against shooting, for example, 12-year-old Tamir Rice. By performing this collectively, it also became a challenge to the police, saying in effect, “you don’t dare to shoot, there are too many of us”...

 

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