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Today's Teamster News For November 7, 2016

TEAMSTERS

Teamsters Organize Over 70 Percent Of Boston Garages  Teamster.org  ...The Teamsters have organized parking workers in Boston by the hundreds over the past five years. Union workers are now employed at over 70 percent of the city garages. This announcement marks a major milestone for the Teamsters, as the Teamsters can now count over 100 garages where they represent members. Workers at companies like Standard Parking, LAZ Parking and Central Parking have all seen major increases in wages, benefits and job security...

Hertz Workers to Strike at SFO on Monday  Teamster.org  ...Employees of Hertz Rent A Car at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), who are working to organize their union with Teamsters Local 856, have taken a strike vote and announced they will strike on Monday, November 7. The 156 workers at Hertz who transport vehicles to the SFO rental car center are mostly Chinese, Latino and Filipino immigrants... 

UCLA workers authorize strike, but no service disruptions are expected  LA Times  ...Members of a union representing nearly 600 skilled-trades workers at UCLA have voted to strike this month, but university officials say no service disruptions are anticipated. Officials with Teamsters Local 2010, which represents electricians, plumbers, carpenters, service engineers, elevator mechanics and others at UCLA and UC San Diego, are advising the public to avoid the Westwood campus on Nov. 16 and reschedule nonessential medical appointments that day...

Teamsters to Strike UCLA on November 16  Local 2010  ...On Thursday, November 3, our UCLA electricians, elevator mechanics, plumbers, facilities workers, and other skilled trades workers, overwhelmingly voted (96%) to strike over the University’s numerous violations of state labor law (unfair labor practices). The strike is scheduled to take place Wednesday, November 16 and will affect UCLA operations on campus and at the medical centers.   The Teamsters advise the public to reschedule all nonessential medical appointments and to avoid the campus on that day... 

Teamsters Local 439 Continue Rally for Higher, Livable Wages at Pacific  The Pacifican  ...On Thursday, October 27, the Teamsters Local 439 and University of the Pacific student organizations joined for its second time in as many months to rally for the approximately 125 physical plant workers at University of the Pacific. Teamster Local 439 has released a statement on October 26 summarizing, “substandard wage proposals that will keep many of the bargaining unit employees at a wage below a living wage”...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Cameroon: Tensions Rise Between Workers, Chinese Companies  All Africa  ...Rising tensions this year between Cameroonian workers and Chinese companies have led to strikes on two Chinese-led road projects in support of better pay and working conditions. Violent confrontations have occurred, and the government is trying to mediate the crisis. The strikers work for the China First Highway Engineering Company in Matomb, 80 kilometers south of the capital, Yaounde...

Peruvians march against TPP deal  The Straits Times  ...Hundreds of Peruvians marched in the capital Lima to protest the expansion of free market policies on Friday (Nov 5). People wore masks and held signs criticising the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and said the proposal would put the country's small businesses at risk. Protestors claim the agreement puts the country in jeopardy, and will not allow Peruvian companies to grow because foreign companies will come and destroy them...

Japan: anxious Abe eager to strike while TPP iron is hot  Japan Times  ...While several Trans-Pacific Partnership countries have taken a cautious approach ahead of Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, which could alter the fate of the free trade pact, Japan has instead been stepping up its efforts toward ratifying the deal. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in a hurry to ratify the TPP as he is eager to take the lead in setting free trade rules in the Asia-Pacific region, with an eye on China’s rising assertiveness, political experts say. Beijing is not part of the TPP...

Opposition to Trade and TPP Grows Over Course of Campaign  Democracy Corps  ...The attention on trade and TPP during the general election campaign has increased negativity about trade in principle and views of TPP. This spring, voters said that in general, free trade agreements had been a good thing for the United States by a 15-point margin; today, a plurality of voters say past trade deals have been a bad thing for the United States (45 percent) and there is growing intensity as well...

Why Is Washington Still Pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership?  (opinion) The Nation  ... The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) embodies the stacked deck. It was negotiated in secret of, by and for the global corporations. Michael Froman, Obama’s trade representative who shepherded through the deal, comes, no surprise, from Citibank. Obama argues that the TPP is about free trade and leveling the playing field, but the TPP isn’t really a trade deal—tariffs are already low. And it doesn’t level the playing field: It cuts special deals for global investors...

The Trans Pacific Partnership Will Not Help Struggling Farmers (opinion) Counterpunch  ...Do dairy farmers who support the passage of TPP assume it will mean increased money in their pockets? That would clearly be an advantage, but if the history of trade agreements is any indication of increased profits for farmers, they may be betting the farm on loosing odds. Trade does go both ways, and US dairy farmers should be wary of opening US borders to more dairy imports from say, New Zealand, where low cost dairy production has been taken to an art form... 

Egyptians brace for hard times amid austerity measures  Daily Mail  ...Egyptians are looking at a period of hardship as the government unrolls austerity measures including a floating pound that has drastically depreciated the currency and raised prices, analysts say. The measures, in return for a $12 billion IMF loan, had been avoided by governments fearing unrest, but President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says Egypt no longer has the luxury of postponing them...

Brazil: Rio’s Party Ends With Austerity Hangover  Wall Street Journal  ...After four years of megaevents culminating in the 2016 Olympics, the party ended for Rio de Janeiro on Friday, when the state government unveiled a draconian austerity package aimed at unwinding years of fiscal profligacy. Among the measures: Seizing up to 30% of the monthly pension checks of low- to middle-income retirees to shore up the state-workers’ pension fund...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Mass poll closures in battleground states create potential for Election Day chaos  Think Progress  ...More than a dozen Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed a wave of laws that restrict when, where, and how people can cast a ballot. They have also, a new report reveals, shut down hundreds of polling places. A study of nearly 400 counties in Alabama, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Mississippi found that those counties collectively reduced the number of polling locations available to voters by at least 16 percent...

Colorado amendment would take power away from voters  Think Progress  ...A state constitutional amendment on Tuesday’s ballot will give Coloradans an opportunity to make it much harder for voters to change their laws. Amendment 71 — known as “Raise the Bar” — would mean that, in order to get an amendment on future ballots, 2 percent of voters in each of the state’s 35 senate districts would have to sign a petition. In addition, it would increase the threshold for passing a constitutional amendment from 50 percent to 55 percent... 

Wisconsin Senate Race Tightens with Flood of Last Minute Ads against Russ Feingold  PR Watch  ...Wednesday's Marquette Law School Poll says the race between U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and challenger Russ Feingold has tightened. That poll, which gives Hillary Clinton a comfortable lead, 46 to 40, over Donald Trump has Feingold at 45 percent to 44 percent for Johnson. The tightening race has unleashed a flood of new ads from outside groups attacking Feingold as the race enters its final days...

New Jersey: Ex-Christie associates guilty in 'Bridgegate' scandal  Reuters  ...Two former associates of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were convicted on Friday for their roles in the "Bridgegate" lane closure scandal, following a six-week trial that served to further tarnish the Republican's damaged reputation. Bridget Kelly, the governor's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty in Newark federal court on all counts...

States: Seventeen Ballot Initiatives to Watch if You Care About Inequality  Truthout  ...During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, when levels of inequality were as sky-high as they are today, progressive reformers fought for the right to use citizen-led petition campaigns to circumvent the power of economic elites. This right is now available in 24 states and Washington, DC, through ballot initiatives... 

 

U.S. LABOR

Philly's Weeklong Transit Strike Over With Tentative Deal  ABC  ...Philadelphia's weeklong transit strike is over. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the union representing about 4,700 transit workers announced a tentative agreement early Monday. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Board Chairman Pasquale Deon said it is a fair deal that provides "wage increases, pension improvements, and maintains health care coverage levels while addressing rising costs"...

SAG-AFTRA Draws Hundreds to Warner Bros. Strike Picket  Variety  ...SAG-AFTRA drew several hundred supporters to picket Warner Bros. in Burbank, California, for Thursday, the second demonstration since the performers union went on strike against video game companies on Oct. 21. The union drew more than 100 supporters on Oct. 24 at Electronic Arts in Playa del Rey, California, to back the strike. SAG-AFTRA launched the strike by voice actors against EA, Warner Bros., and nine other video game makers...

Donald Trump’s Las Vegas Hotel Is Breaking The Law  Huffington Post  ...Donald Trump may fashion himself the world’s toughest negotiator, but federal officials are having to drag him to the bargaining table to face off with some housekeepers. After months of stonewalling from Trump and his partners, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that Trump’s Las Vegas hotel was breaking the law by refusing to recognize its workers’ labor union...

Who’s the Boss? Amazon Contractors Sue to Find Out  Bloomberg  ...Amazon.com was sued by Illinois delivery drivers who say the company failed to pay them overtime for hauling its goods. Among the questions the judge will have to answer? Whether they actually worked for Amazon. “Amazon controls everything, without a shadow of a doubt,” says Theron Bradley, a former employee of Amazon contractor Silverstar...

Is the Gig Economy Cannibalizing or Creating Jobs? Here’s Some Early Evidence.  Wall Street Journal  ...Tthese early developments raise the possibility that the online freelance marketplaces may well gain workers at the expense of competing payroll businesses in some industries, particularly where incumbents are struggling in weaker markets or fail to respond with better service. All of this is important because the rise of online temping, freelancing and independent contracting has huge implications for the circumstances of workers and families in cities...

UberEats And UberRush Couriers Complain They Don’t Get Their Tips  BuzzFeed  ...A courier in New York has sued Uber claiming he and other delivery people, who work for the company’s on-demand delivery services UberRush and UberEats, are owed unpaid tips and wages. Uber declined to comment on the litigation. Uber’s Rush and Eats platforms, which launched in October 2015 and March of this year, turn the company’s on-demand ride-hailing platform into on-demand delivery services...

Unlawful immigrants make up smaller -- not larger -- share of U.S. workforce  CBS  ...With immigration taking a front seat in the U.S. presidential election, some voters may be wondering just how many unauthorized immigrants are working in the American labor market. The answer: Not as many as there were in 2008, according to new research from the Pew Research Center, which analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau...

The workers who have the most at stake in this election aren’t white men  Washington Post  ...The story of the 2016 presidential election has been the revolt of the white working class, pinched by globalization and frustrated by social change. But in terms of public policy, they are arguably not the workers who stand to gain or lose the most from the election result. The workers with the most on the line earn minimum wage, or close to it, and they often rely on government-paid or government-subsidized health plans. They are disproportionately black or Latino...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS & ELECTIONS

Hillary Clinton Appears to Gain Late Momentum on Surge of Latino Voters  New York Times  ...Hispanic voters in key states surged to cast their ballots in the final days of early voting this weekend, a demonstration of political power that lifted Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes and threatened to block Donald J. Trump’s path to the White House. In Florida, energized by the groundswell of Latino support and hoping to drive even more voters to the polls, Mrs. Clinton visited a handful of immigrant communities on Saturday...

Melania Trump modeled in US prior to getting work visa  AP  ...Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 that occurred in the seven weeks before she had legal permission to work in the country, according to detailed accounting ledgers, contracts and related documents from 20 years ago provided to The Associated Press. The details of Mrs. Trump's early paid modeling work in the U.S. emerged in the final days of a bitter presidential campaign...

Hillary Clinton Won’t Face Charges For New Emails, FBI Director Tells Congress  Huffington Post  ...Nine days after upending the 2016 presidential campaign, FBI Director James Comey announced Sunday that Hillary Clinton would not face charges over newly discovered emails found on a separate computer. In a letter to Congress, Comey said he would not revisit his initial conclusion, announced in July, that Clinton acted carelessly, but not criminally, when she used a private email account as secretary of state...

Republican National Committee caught in a lie in voter intimidation case  Daily Kos  ...The Democratic National Committee went to court last week, arguing that the Republican National Committee is in contempt of a longstanding legal agreement barring it from intimidating voters at the polls via so-called "ballot security." In its defense, the RNC is arguing that its members can't be held to that consent decree when they're acting in their capacity as state officials...

Federal Judge Slams Trump Campaign with Restraining Order  Common Dreams  ...A federal judge in Ohio on Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, as well as his longtime adviser Roger Stone, to prohibit attempts to harass voters in the crucial swing state. The case, brought by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), is just one currently being weighed by numerous states alleging that representatives of the Republican Party and the Trump campaign are engaging in illegal voter intimidation efforts...

Donald Trump’s Imaginary Inner Cities  The Nation  ...Donald Trump has a thing for talking about the hellscape that he imagines all African Americans and city dwellers endure.  But no matter how well this may play to white supremacists who believe that black people live wretched, crime-ridden lives, it simply doesn’t line up with the facts. First of all, about 50 percent of black people live in suburban or rural areas, not cities. Cities are getting whiter and wealthier...