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Today's Teamster News For December 21, 2016

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Teamsters Rally at XPO Headquarters Against CEO Pay Bonanza  Teamster.org  ...Teamsters Union members rallied outside XPO’s headquarters to denounce a compensation plan that could provide a windfall stock award for CEO Bradley Jacobs worth $110 million at current stock price levels. Jacobs and the Board didn’t show up to field workers’ and shareholders’ questions and concerns over the incentive pay plan. XPO shareholders voted to approve the plan which reserves 3.4 million new shares and increases the individual annual equity award limit from 500,000 shares to 2.5 million...

Teamster Osco Pharmacists Secure Strong Contract  Teamster.org  ...Pharmacists at Shaw’s grocery stores in 15 locations throughout Maine have signed a collective bargaining agreement with their employer, as members of Teamsters Local 340. The roughly two-dozen pharmacists voted to join Local 340 in April 2015. Contract negotiations were deadlocked for an extended period, with the union only overcoming employer opposition to its main contract proposals late this year...

Teamsters Continue Fight for Safety of Grundy County Correctional Officers  Teamster.org  ...The collective bargaining agreement Teamsters Local 700 has with the Grundy County Department of Corrections states that while the employer can establish work rules, they must be reasonable. “We find the Sheriff’s demand to send individual officers to do a job that should be done by a minimum of two officers is completely unsafe and therefore unreasonable,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Becky Strzechowski...

Prime Air pilots: Shipping could get delayed if airlines don't staff up  Seattle PI  ...About 250 ABX Air pilots struck in late November, grounding as many as 75 Amazon and DHL flights and 1.3 million pounds of cargo before a federal judge ordered the pilots back to work. ABX flies about 35 flights daily for Amazon, and about 45 for DHL, according to the pilots' union, Teamsters Local 1224...

January strike planned for clerical workers at UCD, UC  Davis Enterprise  ...A one-day strike by UC Davis and other University of California clerical employees is slated for Jan. 10. The strike, according to Teamsters Local 2010, is “to protest the numerous unfair labor practices and violations of state law committed by UC.” The Teamsters union represents 14,000 employees throughout the UC system...

Teamsters Black Caucus brings job opportunities to the south side  Chicago Citizen  ...To offer local residents an opportunity to earn a decent living wage, the Chicago Chapter for the Teamster National Black Caucus sponsored their first annual job fair, December 12th at The Rink, 1122 East 87th Street, located in the heart of the Eighth Ward. "We are here today because many African-American citizens in the Chicagoland area are missing out on union jobs,” said Ramon Williams, president of Chicago’s Teamsters National Black Caucus...

Judge dismisses attempt to block Philadelphia beverage tax  Food Business News  ...The American Beverage Association, the Pennsylvania Beverage Association, Teamsters Local 830 and several small businesses jointly filed suit Sept. 14 in an effort to block the 1.5c-per-oz tax on sodas and several other drinks. The suit sought to enjoin and declare the tax invalid on the grounds it violated state law, terms of a federal nutrition assistance program and other reasons...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Hundreds of Amazon Warehouse Workers Are Expected to Strike in Germany  Fortune  ...Workers at German warehouses of U.S. online retailer Amazon were called out on strike by labour union Verdi on Wednesday as part of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. Verdi said in a statement it was calling on workers at three of the nine Amazon warehouses in Germany to join the strike. Workers at Amazon’s warehouse in Koblenz already launched a strike on Monday...

Kenya: Union Officials to Be Sentenced for Role in Healthcare Workers' Strike  AllAfrica  ...The head of a doctors' union and other officials will tomorrow be sentenced by the labour court for their role in the nationwide strike. Lady Justice Hellen Wasilwa on Tuesday found Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union officials guilty of contempt and ordered them to appear in court without fail on Thursday...

Libya Union President Survives Assassination Attempt  Solidarity Center   ...Nermin Sharif, president of the Libyan General Federation of Trade Unions, was subjected to a failed assassination attempt at dawn today, when her booby-trapped car exploded just before riding it. The Arab Trade Union confederation condemned the cowardly terrorist act, and wished safety for all trade unionists. Sharif was elected federation president in September...

UK baggage handlers' strike off: Unite says airport workers' planned action cancelled  Independent  ...A planned 48-hour pay strike by baggage handlers and check-in staff at 18 airports from Friday has been called off. A planned 48-hour pay strike by baggage handlers and check-in staff at 18 airports from Friday has been called off. Members of Unite employed by Swissport were due to walk out from Friday, threatening disruption for families and other travellers leaving the UK for Christmas...

AFL-CIO Releases Blueprint on Rewriting NAFTA to Benefit Working People  AFL-CIO  ...Over the last year the country has shown that we want a different direction on trade. This movement has been largely driven by workers. As we approach the inauguration of a new president, it is important that workers’ perspective lead the debate. In the coming months, the AFL-CIO will highlight how NAFTA should be rewritten...

New administration poised to weaken trade agency  Politico  ...Transition officials said on Tuesday they are considering Jovita Carranza, a former deputy administrator in the Small Business Administration, to head the Office of U.S. Trade Representative. That’s a sign that the position will play second fiddle to Commerce Secretary-designate Wilbur Ross...

Brazil's Temer says states must still commit to austerity  Reuters  ...Brazil's President Michel Temer said on Wednesday that states that seek debt relief from the federal government will be required to commit to austerity practices despite a bill passed by the lower house of Congress excluding fiscal commitments. Temer did not say whether he has decided or not to veto the bill passed Tuesday night in a reversal for his plan to restore fiscal discipline in Brazil...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

New York: Six More Retailers Agree To Halt ‘On Call’ Scheduling For Workers  Huffington Post  ...On-call scheduling has come under fire from worker groups and even state prosecutors recently. On Tuesday, six retailers agreed to stop the practice after they received inquiries about it from a group of state attorneys general. They join a growing number of retailers who have vowed to ditch on-call scheduling and give their employees more predictable hours...

Wisconsin: Scott Walker directly appeals to president-elect to let him drug test people who need food stamps  Think Progress  ...Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) sent the president-elect a public letter asking him to pave the way for drug testing food stamps recipients. “We want your help as soon as possible,” Walker wrote, before outlining specific demands, the first of which is the ability to screen and test people who need food stamps for drug use...

D.C. Passes One of the Most Generous Paid Family Leave Bills in the Country  Slate  ...The new legislation gives eight weeks of paid leave to new parents, and six weeks for those taking care of sick family members, at up to 90 percent of their normal pay. The program, which advocates have been pushing for nearly two years, will be administered by a social insurance program controlled by the city and funded by a 0.62 percent increase to employer payroll taxes...

Puerto Rico: how dependence on corporate tax breaks corroded economy  Reuters  ...The island’s historic dependence on mainland corporations – and the tax breaks needed to retain them – underpins its latest economic meltdown and its descent into the largest municipal debt crisis in U.S. history. Longstanding economic policies tend to favor outside corporations over local upstarts...

Unions Using "Takings" Clause Arguments to Challenge Right-to-Work Laws  Bloomberg  ...With more state legislatures looking to continue the trend of passing right-to-work laws forbidding unions from requiring non-members in the bargaining units they represent to pay any fees for their services, unions have taken their cases to the court system in an attempt to reverse the situation by using an argument that the laws constitute an illegal “taking” from the unions...

 

U.S. LABOR

Columbia Challenges Vote by Graduate Students to Unionize  New York Times  ...The battle over whether graduate students at universities can unionize entered a new phase on Friday, when Columbia University filed a challenge with the National Labor Relations Board over the recent vote by its graduate assistants to unionize. Columbia said that tactics like voter coercion may have tipped the balance in favor of the union and that the N.L.R.B. should invalidate the vote...

CTA workers plan contract protest, but no service disruptions  Sun-Times  ...Workers from Amalgamated Transit Unit Locals 241 and 308 will be taking part on their own time, and will not be walking off the job.  According to workers, the CTA proposals include no pay raises, elimination of two holidays per year, discrimination against ATU mechanics compared to other mechanics employed by the CTA, an 18 percent increase on health insurance premiums, and unlimited subcontracting...

This Is AT&T's Tentative Deal to Unionize DirecTV Call Centers  Fortune  ...AT&T extended its run of successful labor negotiations, announcing on Tuesday a new tentative deal to give raises to 2,000 workers at five DirecTV call centers it acquired last year. The carrier and the Communications Workers of America union made three separate agreements to start covering the workers at facilities in Minnesota, Colorado, West Virginia, Alabama, and Oklahoma. The deals must still be ratified by the workers in coming days...

GM and Fiat Chrysler Cut Jobs as Sales Pendulum Swings to SUVs  Bloomberg  ...“It’s a pendulum and now it’s shifting our way,” said Glen Johnson, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112 in Lordstown, Ohio, where 1,200 workers making the Cruze will be dismissed next month. “It wasn’t that long ago that gas was $3.50 a gallon and we were feeling for our friends in truck plants”...

Boeing Plans Voluntary Layoff Program in Early 2017  Wall Street Journal  ...Boeing Co. said Monday it would launch a voluntary layoff program early next year and may resort to compulsory job cuts to help trim costs at its commercial jetliner arm. The company expects to have cut employment at the Boeing Commercial Airplanes by 8% this year compared with 2015...

Labor Department Launches Website With Misclassification Information  StaffingIndustry.com ...The US Department of Labor created a webpage where workers, employers and government agencies can find information and resources about employee misclassification. The site provides information on how misclassification affects pay, unemployment insurance, safety and health protections, retirement and health benefits, and taxes...

Young workers would take steady jobs over higher pay, Fed survey shows  Market Watch  ...The labor market may be shifting to a “gig economy” but young workers are not excited about it, according to a survey released Monday by the Federal Reserve. A sizable majority of young workers would gladly turn back the clock and trade higher pay for steady work, the study found. And 80% would rather have one steady job over a stream of steady jobs over the next five years...

The game industry's disposable workers  Polygon  ...Many contractors are frustrated that they can't land a full-time position. Some of the contractors Polygon spoke to say they feel mistreated and even mislead by managers who dangle the possibility of full employment, but rarely follow through. In employment law circles, this is known as "employment misclassification"...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Sanders Calls for Investigation of Big Pharma Drug Pushers Over Shocking New Report  Common Dreams  ...Drug-pushing, multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies should be "investigated and prosecuted," declared Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in response to revelations that out-of-state drug wholesalers have been pouring highly-addictive and lethal opioids into rural West Virginia towns, reaping profits while countless suffer...

Social Security Checks Are Being Reduced for Unpaid Student Debt  Wall Street Journal  ...The federal government is increasingly taking money out of Americans’ Social Security checks to recover millions in unpaid student debt, a trend set to accelerate as more baby boomers retire. The government has collected about $1.1 billion from Social Security recipients of all ages to go toward unpaid student loans since 2001, including $171 million last year, the GAO said Tuesday...

Why the GOP Wants to Gut Social Security  Truthout  ...A group of Republican lawmakers has a proposal that would slash Social Security benefits for virtually everyone. The plan, headed by House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson and introduced on December 8, would destroy the basic structure of Social Security. Social Security, a federal insurance system that offers financial assistance to people who are retired or unable to work, currently faces a challenging future... 

Austerity on Trial as Flint Emergency Manager Slammed With Criminal Charges  Common Dreams  ...Putting austerity on trial, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday announced criminal charges against four high-level officials for their role in causing the Flint water crisis, including former city manager Darnell Earley, who made the budget-driven decision to switch the city's water supply to the dangerously corrosive Flint River...

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