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Today's Teamster News For November 21, 2016

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Teamsters Protest Cummins at WV Mountaineers Game  Teamster.org  ...Cummins distribution workers and mechanics and their allies protested Cummins Diesel, Inc. at the West Virginia Mountaineers football game on Saturday. The protesters distributed educational information to game attendees about Cummins’ poor treatment of its workers in West Virginia. Cummins distribution workers and mechanics in Fairmont and Charleston, West Virginia, are represented by Teamsters Local 175...

UC workers protest food insecurity at Big Game  Daily Californian  ...About 20 rain-soaked members of Teamsters Local 2010, a union representing thousands of UC workers, protested their current wages and ensuing food insecurity in front of Saturday’s Big Game. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. at their table across from Gate 1 of Memorial Stadium, Teamsters members stood along the sidewalk holding signs and handing out fliers to fans heading into Memorial Stadium...

Strike narrowly averted by McDonald's food supply drivers  Mid Hudson News  ...A strike that could have interfered with food deliveries this week to McDonald's franchises in the Hudson Valley, New York City, Long Island and northern New Jersey has been averted. The 75 drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 445 in Rock Tavern, voted in late October to reject the contract offer made by Martin-Brower Inc. Teamsters representative Jerry Ebert said the company significantly improved the offer after its initial rejection...

School bus drivers: Don't give us the biggest bonuses  Winston-Salem Journal  ...Drivers said they would like all classified employees to be judged on the same criteria and everyone who meets that criteria be given a flat dollar amount that is the same for everyone. They’d also like to see more recently hired employees be eligible for the bonuses. “They’re really concerned about retaining employees,” said Rachel Eitzen, recording secretary for Teamsters Local 391...

Judge won't rule on bus strike injunction; case heads to federal court  Union Leader  ...The superintendent of the Timberlane Regional and Hampstead school districts is hoping a judge will force the union representing First Student school bus drivers to give at least a 48-hour notice if they decide to walk off the job. Dr. Earl Metzler is urging Teamsters Local Union 633 to give notice to allow his school districts and others around the state to prepare...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Canada: U of M reaches tentative deal with union after 20-day strike  CBC  ...The University of Manitoba has reached a tentative deal with its faculty, who have been on strike for 20 days. The agreement was reached Sunday night after five straight days of meetings. The University of Manitoba Faculty Association is holding a special general membership meeting Monday night for members to vote on the proposed deal...

Iceland: Seamen Postpone Strike, Teachers Ready To Walk  Grapevine  ...Collective bargaining agreements are the centerpiece of two major labour disputes in Iceland right now: seamen and primary school teachers. Vísir reports that the seamen’s union of Grindavík (SVG) will postpone their strike, in light of a new collective bargaining agreement between them and fishing companies. Their strike began last Friday...

Canadian Blue Water Bridge workers go on strike   Times Herald  ...Canadian workers on the Blue Water Bridge went on strike starting at 6 a.m. The Federal Bridge Corporation has not yet been able to reach a contract agreement with its unionized employees. The union negotiations began in March with the Public Service Alliance of Canada Union Local 501. Negotiations continued through the summer and fall to no conclusion...

Mexico Seeks Trump Talks to Modernize Nafta, Pena Nieto Says  Bloomberg  ...Mexico is willing to hold talks with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Enrique Pena Nieto said. Mexico will seek dialogue with the U.S. on its trade relationship following comments made by Trump during his campaign, Pena Nieto said...

TPP nations eye a future without the US with Trump in the White House  Stuff  ...Leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership nations are openly considering going it alone, without the United States, in a so-called 'TPP minus one' in the wake of Donald Trump's election. The 12 countries are meeting on the margins of the 21-strong Apec meeting in Lima, Peru. Talking to reporters shortly after arriving in the Peruvian capital, Prime Minister John Key made it clear the grouping faced a critical crossroads...

Obama tries to calm the world’s fears over Trump, trade  Politico  ...The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Lima, Peru, closed out on Sunday with leaders taking what appeared to be a veiled shot at President-elect Donald Trump, pledging in a leaders’ statement to “resist all forms of protectionism” and roll back any protectionist or trade-distorting measures. President Obama said that the 11 other nations involved in the TPP “made very clear...they want to move forward with TPP”...

TPP chiefs agree to forge ahead with trade pact despite Trump’s opposition  Japan Times  ...Backing their diplomats and trade chiefs, the leaders of the 12 states participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed Saturday to step up efforts to implement the free trade agreement. In a meeting in Lima, the leaders affirmed their intention to advance ratification and other secretive domestic procedures so the U.S.-led TPP can enter into force...

How a Battle Over Affordable Medicine Helped Kill the TPP  Yes Magazine  ...Amid the fallout from Donald Trump’s election is the end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. After six years of negotiations, the controversial trade deal is dead. The AFL-CIO federation of unions and the Sierra Club were outspoken opponents. Less well-known is the small, international group of affordable-medicine advocates who undermined its passage in a years-long drama that pitted consumer advocacy against corporate interests... 

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Appeals Court Upholds Local 'Right-to-Work' Law in Kentucky  ABC   ...A federal appeals court has upheld a county right-to-work law in Kentucky, clearing the way for the some of the country's first local ordinances banning companies from requiring workers to join a labor union. The decision by a three judge panel reverses a lower court ruling that overturned the law in Hardin County. The labor unions who sued to block the law say they will ask the full appeals court to reconsider the decision...

Right-to-work likely coming to Missouri  Joplin Globe  ...Not only has Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens, with the backing of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, vowed to sign right-to-work legislation in his first year, but pro right-to-work Republicans shored up their supermajority in each chamber earlier this month, though without a governor to veto the legislation fewer votes will likely be needed to guarantee it becomes law...

In Latest Voter ID Filing, Feds Argue Texas Discriminated On Purpose  Houston Public Media  ...Months after a federal appeals court ruled that Texas lawmakers discriminated against African-American and Latino voters in passing a strict voter identification law, the Obama administration and civil rights groups are asking a judge to go a step further — by finding that the lawmakers did it on purpose...

Pennsylvania threatens layoff of 600 Labor & Industry staffers over funding dispute  PennLive  ...Gov. Tom Wolf's administration seriously ratcheted up the stakes in a long-simmering funding dispute with the state Senate Thursday by threatening the layoff of nearly 600 Department of Labor & Industry staffers. No specific date was attached to the furloughs, but L&I Secretary Kathy Manderino indicated they will take effect "just before the holidays"...

Are North Carolina Republicans Plotting a ‘Legislative Coup’?  The Nation  ... Governor Pat McCrory is crying voter fraud, and rumors are swirling about a possible bid to pack the state’s Supreme Court. The conservative John Locke Foundation argued that the Legislature has the authority to expand the high court by two additional justices, who could be appointed by McCrory during his final weeks in office. The vote could take place during the December special session...

Minimum wage is on the rise in certain states  Marketplace  ...The election results show how divided the country is, but there’s an important economic issue where there’s some real agreement. On Election Day, people in four states voted to jack up the minimum wage. Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington state will hike wages gradually, hitting $12 per hour by the year 2020, and $13.50 in Washington...

 

U.S. LABOR

Chicago O'Hare airport workers to announce day of strike  CNN  ...undreds of workers at Chicago O'Hare International Airport plan to announce the date Monday for a strike during the holiday season, perhaps Thanksgiving week. Janitors, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants want a wage of $15 an hour. The workers are not unionized but are supported by the Service Employees International Union...

Case on Trump worker contract raises conflict of interest question  Reuters  ...U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has often boasted about the strict confidentiality pledges he exacts from his employees. Now a legal challenge to one of those agreements is pending before a U.S. agency over which he will soon have influence, potentially posing an early test of concerns about conflicts of interest between Trump's public role and his business empire...

A Bleak Outlook for Trump’s Promises to Coal Miners  New York Times  ...Donald J. Trump made coal a centerpiece of his campaign, holding rousing rallies with miners in hard hats, who he said had been neglected under eight years of the Obama administration. Now, though, coal may prove a different sort of symbol — that is, of the challenges that the president-elect will face delivering on his many promises...

SAG-AFTRA Picket At Insomniac Games Draws 400-Plus Protesters  Deadline  ...More than 400 SAG-AFTRA members and their supporters picketed Insomniac Games in Burbank as the actors strike against selected video game companies ended its fourth week. Carrying signs and chanting “Actors! On strike!” the picketers said they’re determined to stay out as long as it takes to get a fair contract. And by fair, they mean a contract that includes some type of residuals for video game work...

Carrier workers vow to hold Trump to promise of saving factory jobs  Seattle Times  ...Carrier’s decision to move its Indiana factory to Monterrey, Mexico, will eliminate 1,400 jobs by 2019. Donald Trump quickly made the factory Exhibit A in his argument against the trade policies of Republicans and Democrats alike. But can he deliver?...

Has the election of Donald Trump ruined America’s chance at getting a paid-leave bill for parents?  Quartz  ...This was supposed to the moment when the stars finally aligned for a paid family leave bill for American parents. But the odds for it suddenly look a lot longer with the election of Donald Trump. The Democrat-sponsored Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act—which would require US employers to offer 12 weeks of paid leave to new mothers and fathers, funded by a payroll deduction—has been gaining traction in Congress...

Trump Is Shaping Up As a Nightmare for Labor  (opinion) NY Mag  ...Aside from Trump’s pledge to renegotiate NAFTA and other trade agreements, there’s really nothing in his history or his campaign platform to please the labor movement. He has very specifically endorsed “right-to-work” laws that keep unions from receiving membership dues from all employees in a shop where they are the recognized collective-bargaining agent...

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court will be a real threat to labor — and that’s going to hurt the Democrats  (opinion) Salon  ...Republicans see labor organizing as a major impediment to their electoral prospects. So they have done everything in their power to dismantle the ability of unions to organize workers and bargain collectively on their behalf. Now that Trump will have the power to appoint federal judges, especially Supreme Court judges, these efforts to destroy organized labor will get a big assist in the courts...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Trump's $1 trillion plan hits D.C. speed bumps  Politico  ...It was supposed to be a big, beautiful infrastructure bill. But President-elect Donald Trump’s pitch for a $1 trillion upgrade of the nation’s roads, bridges, tunnels and airports is already running into potholes as it meets reality in Washington. The overwhelming sticking point, as always, is how to pay for it...

Trump agrees to $25m settlement in Trump University cases  Boston Globe  ...President-elect Donald Trump agreed Friday to pay $25 million to settle several lawsuits alleging that his now-defunct school for real estate investors defrauded students who paid up to $35,000 to enroll in Trump University programs. If approved by a judge, the deal announced by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman would settle a lawsuit he filed three years ago and two class-action lawsuits filed in California on behalf of former students...

Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Pick for Attorney General, Is a Fierce Opponent of Civil Rights  The Nation  ...Donald Trump has chosen a white nationalist as his chief strategist and a white-nationalist sympathizer as his pick for Attorney General. Like the Confederate general he is named after, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has long been a leading voice for the Old South and the conservative white backlash vote Trump courted throughout his campaign...  

Wall Street Journal to Trump: Liquidate your holdings  CNN  ...The Wall Street Journal editorial page says President-elect Donald Trump should liquidate his stake in the family business. "One reason 60 million voters elected Donald Trump is because he promised to change Washington's culture of self-dealing, and if he wants to succeed he's going to have to make a sacrifice and lead by example," the paper said in an editorial Friday...

Turns out Clinton’s ground game sucked  Jacobin  ...It is now becoming clear that Clinton’s ground game — the watchword for defenders of her alleged competence — was actually under-resourced and poorly executed. Like so much else in this election, her field strategy was hostage to the colossal arrogance and consequent incompetence of the liberal establishment...

George Takei: They interned my family. Don’t let them do it to Muslims.   Washington Post  ...We cannot permit this invidious thinking, discredited by history at the cost of so much misery and suffering by innocents, to take root once again in America, let alone in the White House. The stigmatization, separation and labeling of our fellow humans based on race or religion has never led to a more secure world...

Fake News in U.S. Election? Elsewhere, That’s Nothing New  New York Times  ...Well before last week’s American election threw Facebook’s status as a digital-era news source into the spotlight, leaders, advocacy groups and minorities worldwide have contended with an onslaught of online misinformation and abuse that has had real-world political repercussions. And for years, the social network did little to clamp down on the false news...

Many For-Profit College Graduates Earn Less Than Minimum Wage  Bloomberg  ...About a third of recent for-profit college graduates attended career-training programs whose typical graduate annually earns less than the federal minimum wage, new federal data show. That data led officials to declare Thursday that public schools provide far better value for students and the taxpayers who subsidize their studies...

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