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Today's Teamster News For December 2, 2016

TEAMSTERS

Teamsters to Head Off Potential XPO CEO Pay Bonanza  Teamster.org  ...In a letter to XPO Logistics’ Board of Directors, the Teamsters raised objections to the company’s proposed 2016 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan that could provide a windfall stock award for CEO Bradley Jacobs worth $110 million at current stock price levels. At a special meeting on December 20, 2016, XPO shareholders will vote on the proposed plan which reserves 3.4 million new shares and increases the individual annual equity award limit from 500,000 shares to 2.5 million...

Laid Off Truckers Rally, Allege 'Shady Business Practices'  ABC  ...The truckers say they were employed by Lakeville Motor Express in Roseville until just a couple of weeks ago. They claim that company shut down but basically became Finish Line Express, because they say the latter company doesn't have a union. "It's the exact same owners, exact same trucks, exact same trailers, exact same freight. It's just the people that built the company are no longer working there," explained Teamsters Local 120 Secretary-Treasurer Bill Wedebrand...

Teamsters’ Objection to $27 Million Lyft Deal Rejected  Courthouse News  ...A federal judge rejected teamsters’ objections to a proposed $27 million settlement between Lyft and a class of 163,000 California drivers from the bench Thursday, but also delayed finalizing the deal. The Uber Lyft Teamsters Ride Share Alliance, or ULTRA, filed a lengthy brief opposing the deal in October, claiming it fails to adequately compensate full-time drivers and forces workers to waive their rights to sue Lyft on violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act...

Administrator negotiations off to slow start  Idaho Mountain Express  ...  The Blaine County School District is participating in Idaho’s first compensation negotiations with school administrators, and the process is taking time. The idea is for administrators and their advisers—the International Brotherhood of Teamsters—and board members and their advisers—the superintendent, lawyer and business manager—to hash out a master agreement that could work for both sides...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE 

Gas supply in four states at risk as 600 Esso workers plan to strike  ABC.net   ...The Federal Government has raised concerns a proposed strike by more than 600 Esso workers could impact gas supply across four states. The Australian Workers' Union (AWU), the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) and the Electrical Trades Union have notified Esso their workers will strike indefinitely from next Friday after enterprise bargaining talks collapsed...

Good cheer for South Africa’s winery workers  USILive.org  ...At the end of November after a long and bitter strike, workers at Robertson Winery in South Africa’s Western Cape province finally reached a settlement with their employer. The workers, 223 members of the independent Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU), returned to work on 28 November, with a three-year deal offering a pay raise...

Belgium reaches deal to back trade agreement between Canada and the EU  Western Star  ...A landmark free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada could be signed within days after the Belgian government overcame an impasse with its regional authorities on Thursday. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said his government had reached a deal with the holdout region of Wallonia. Politicians in Wallonia argue that the proposed accord would undermine labour, environment and consumer standards...

Secret TISA Trade Deal: Equally as Dangerous as TPP and TTIP  Global Research  ...While the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) appears to be dead and negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) stalled, another similar corporate trade deal still in the making – the Trade in Services Agreement or TiSA – maintains significant threats for essential protections for people and planet. New comparative analysis carried out by Friends of the Earth International on the likely impacts calls for further mobilisation against corporate-led trade deals like TiSA...

McDonald's drops supplier in Malaysia over worker exploitation claims  Reuters  ...Fast food giant McDonald's said it has dropped a labor supply agency in Malaysia after claims emerged that it was underpaying its migrant workers and housing them in appalling conditions. An investigation by British newspaper the Guardian said the agency supplying workers to McDonald's was withholding their salaries, which were as low as 75 U.S. cents an hour, underpaying promised wages, and confiscating their passports...

Disabled Greeks protest as more austerity looms  Fox News  ...Disabled people and patients with chronic illnesses from around Greece protested in central Athens Friday against austerity measures as the government races to clinch a new deal with bailout lenders. Protesters in wheelchairs carried black balloons while deaf demonstrators wore white gloves as they used sign language to join chants of anti-government slogans...

World's growing inequality is 'ticking time bomb': Nobel laureate Yunus  Reuters  ...The widening gap between rich and poor around the world is a "ticking time bomb" threatening to explode into social and economic unrest if left unchecked, Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus said on Thursday. The banking and financial system has created a world of "the more money you have, the more I give you" while depriving the majority of the world's population of wealth and an adequate standard of living...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Missouri: right-to-work resurfaces with incoming GOP governor  Post-Dispatch  ...Missouri inched closer to becoming the 27th state in the nation to adopt a right-to-work law on Thursday. On the first day for members of the Legislature to begin introducing legislation for the 2017 session, Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin, was among those unveiling a proposal he says will help bring businesses and jobs to the state by limiting the ability of labor unions to collect dues from members...

Connecticut: Panel Recommends Raising State's Hourly Minimum Wage To $15  Hartford Courant  ...A advisory panel is urging lawmakers to raise Connecticut's hourly minimum wage to $15 over several years. "People who work full time should not be living in poverty," said James Bhandary-Alexander, a New Haven legal aid attorney who leads the Connecticut Low Wage Employer Advisory Board...

Michigan: senate passes bills to regulate Uber, Lyft like taxis, limousines  Detroit Free Press  ...Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft will be regulated by the state, just like taxis and limousines, under legislation passed by the state Senate on Thursday. Currently, the ride-sharing services generally reach an agreement on regulations with the communities where they operate...

Illinois: Rauner's veto leaves CPS with a big budget gap to cover  Chicago Tribune  ...Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a bill that would have eased Chicago Public Schools' massive pension burden threatened to blow a $215 million hole into a budget that has been criticized by bankers and civic groups for its reliance on uncertain state assistance. Rauner said he vetoed the bill because it was not tied to broader pension reforms...

Voter Fraud Isn’t Real—But Voter Suppression Is a Grave Danger  (opinion) Center for American Progress  ...In total, 14 states had new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election, including strict voter ID laws and measures that slashed early voting opportunities. Many of these states cited voter fraud as the reason for passing suppression measures. In reality, courts have found that voter fraud is “a truly isolated phenomenon”...

 

U.S. LABOR 

California state workers to strike Dec. 5  People's World  ... Fed up by state officials’ stonewalling after seven months of contract talks, some 95,000 California state workers, represented by Service Employees (SEIU) Local 1000, voted for a 1-day statewide strike on December 5. While their union, which represents teachers, nurses, librarians, custodians, IT analysts, inspectors and more, is not legally required to give the state notice of its intent to walk out, it did so with a 92 percent-8 percent strike authorization vote in mid-November...

Momentive picket line gets added fire power  Daily Gazette  ...Members of the New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association joined hundreds of striking Momentive Performance Materials workers Thursday. “Our participation signifies two things: We are a labor organization demonstrating solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the IUE-CWA Local 81359 and replacing these professionals with unqualified people is a danger to the community”...

Labor Department Appeals Injunction on Overtime-Pay Rule  Wall Street Journal  ...The Labor Department is appealing an injunction that halted the Dec. 1 implementation of a sweeping overtime-pay regulation, advancing a federal court battle over a rule that could face an eventual challenge from President-elect Donald Trump. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and other department officials filed a notice of appeal on Thursday with the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans... 

Dodgers, Latin American Players Losers in MLB Labor Deal  ABC  ...The Los Angeles Dodgers, Latin American teenagers and Cubans approaching their mid-20s were losers in baseball's new labor contract, which includes stiffer penalties for high-spending teams and a hard cap on signing bonuses for international amateurs. Mid-tier free agents were winners, with management agreeing teams will no longer forfeit first-round draft picks...

Why 25% of the working women in America are struggling financially  Marketwatch  ...In the wake of the presidential election, much has been made of the plight of working-class men struggling to get ahead. But the challenge of making ends meet in today’s job market isn’t only a male problem. More than one-quarter of all employed working women are in one of 22 jobs that are growing fast, pay less than $15 an hour and are female-dominated...

Economy added 178,000 jobs in November  Politico  ...The Labor Department's first post-election employment survey reported 178,000 jobs created in November, up from 142,000 in October. Unemployment was 4.6 percent, down from October's 4.9 percent. Average private-sector earnings were down 3 cents over October, when they rose 11 cents. Wages were up 2.5 percent...

Jobs report likely to show young workers rejoining labor market  Marketwatch  ...Friday’s employment report is likely to show that young people are returning to the labor market after “vanishing” from payrolls in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Prior to the recession about 82% of people aged 20-45 were in the labor force. The percentage fell to a low of 79% at the worst of the recession...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS 

Homeland Security panel sends mixed message about future of private immigrant detention  Washington Post  ....A government panel’s report on Thursday recommended that the Department of Homeland Security continue with its use of private immigrant detention facilities, calling them the only realistic way to handle the volatile flows at the border. But when the report was presented to the broader Homeland Security Advisory Council on Thursday afternoon, its recommendation sparked an unusually contentious debate...

Can the Sharing Economy Root Out Racism?  City Lab  ...Back in September, the online crib-sharing platform Airbnb confessed that it has been slow to address complaints of discrimination against black and Latino would-be renters and released a slate of new policies to remedy the problem. These remedies haven’t been in place long enough to determine whether they are up to the task... 

Climate Change and the Coming 'Humanitarian Crisis of Epic Proportions'  Common Dreams  ...Climate change—and resultant natural disasters, droughts, and sea level rise—"could lead to a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions," senior military figures told the Guardian on Thursday. Specifically, the experts echoed a recent warning from the United Nations that without radical action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, "we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy," as the number of global climate refugees climbs...

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