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Today's Teamster News For February 15, 2017

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Teamster Corrections Employees Bring Demands To Washington State Capitol  Teamster.org  ...More than two hundred Teamsters working for the Department of Corrections, along with their families and supporters, converged on the state capitol in Olympia today with a simple message for lawmakers: It's time to invest in the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. “We’re here to educate legislators about what we do to keep the public safe,” said Sergeant Thomas Orth, who traveled with his wife, Kim, from Spokane to speak with legislators...

Sims Recycling Workers Rally for a Union  Joint Council 16  ...Recycling workers at Sims are organizing a union with the Teamsters to secure good jobs for their families. Today, City Council Member Carlos Menchaca rallied with the workers and told them that all workers have the right to organize. Sims has a $1.5 billion contract with New York City to process all residential recycling. Workers sort metal, glass, and plastic so the valuable materials can be sold for reprocessing and turned into new products...

Council set to vote on transit department contract  Leader-Herald  ...The Gloversville, Pennsylvania Common Council is expected to vote on a resolution accepting the new contract for the city’s transit department during Tuesday’s meeting. The contract for the Teamsters Local 294 expired on Dec. 31, 2013. The new agreed-upon contract was dated Dec. 1, 2016. The contract includes information on holidays, vacations hours, sick leave details and health insurance information...

Council OKs three-year Teamsters contract  Go Anacortes  ...The city came to an agreement this week with the Teamsters Local 231, which includes a 6 percent raise over the three-year contract. The City Council approved the contract last week. The Teamsters represent workers such as garbage truck drivers and water treatment plant workers — 71 city employees of the 177 full-time and 29 part-time employees...

Webster County, Iowa union agreements approved  The Messenger  ...The board approved agreements for secondary roads employees, represented by Public Professional and Maintenance Employees Local 2003; and for deputy sheriffs, courthouse employees, and jail employees, all represented by Teamsters Local 238. A bill before the Legislature would bar most public employee unions from negotiating for anything other than base wages...

Teamsters air complaints against Brookfield  Landmark  ...As election season begins to get serious in Brookfield, the village's administration has come under attack by the union representing its public works employees. Prior to the village board's meeting on Feb. 13, 30 to 40 Teamsters gathered at the entrance to the village hall parking lot and at the corner of Brookfield and Arden avenues, handing out fliers claiming that the village is "issuing disciplinary write-ups and as a result, is receiving grievances, unfair labor practice charges and discrimination charges"...

President of Boston Teamsters local to lead UPS contract talks  Boston Globe  ...Sean O’Brien, the president of Teamsters Local 25 in Boston, has been appointed to oversee the nation’s largest private-sector collective bargaining agreement, which covers 250,000 United Parcel Service workers, the Teamsters announced Monday. As the director of the Teamsters Package Division, O’Brien will lead negotations for the UPS contract, which expires in July 2018... 

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE 

UK: Southern rail workers set new strike date after talks collapse  The Guardian  ...Workers on Southern rail are to stage a fresh strike in the long-running staffing dispute after the collapse of talks. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are to walk out for 24 hours on 22 February, threatening fresh travel disruption for Southern’s 300,000 passengers...

New labour laws in Chile embolden striking miners  Channel NewsAsia  ...Workers at the world's largest copper mine in Chile are digging in for a long strike, emboldened by new labour laws that are likely to result in tough wage negotiations in the industry in 2017 in one of Latin America's most free-market economies. The 2,500-member union at BHP Billiton's Escondida mine has been on strike since Thursday. Labour leaders say they are far from reaching an agreement, and BHP has already said it will not be able to fulfill copper delivery contracts...

Workers end strike at CNR's Ivory Coast operations  Reuters  ...Workers at Canadian Natural Resources' (CNR) Baobab and Espoir oil and gas fields in Ivory Coast on Wednesday ended a strike over employment conditions launched last week, the head of their union said. "We have lifted the strike order. Production has restarted on all the platforms," Imrana Konate, secretary-general of the SISPOO union, told Reuters. "We have signed a memorandum of understanding"...

Kenyan court frees doctors' leaders jailed during health sector strike  Yahoo  ...Kenya's Court of Appeal on Wednesday ordered the release from jail of officials from the national doctors' union so they can negotiate with the government over a strike that has paralyzed the public health sector. The union, which has about 5,000 members, wants the government to implement a deal agreed in 2013 to give doctors a 150 to 180 percent pay rise on basic salaries, review working conditions, job structures and criteria for promotions and address under-staffing in state hospitals...

U.S. business in China warms to possible Trump trade policy shake-up  Reuters  ..."Reciprocity" has become the new buzzword in the U.S. business community in China, with some industry leaders saying they would welcome a tougher approach from the Trump administration in opening up the markets of the world's second-largest economy. It's a striking shift within the American community here, which had long lobbied Washington against taking more aggressive policies...

Abe not ruling out bilateral free trade pact with U.S.  Japan Today  ...Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday did not rule out negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement with the United States, a framework preferred by U.S. President Donald Trump but viewed with alarm by Japan due to its perceived risks. “I am not afraid of an FTA. It will be good if it contributes to national interests"...

Mexico: Massive Anti-Trump Rallies Staged Across Nation  Common Dreams  ...Tens of thousands of Mexicans protested Sunday against US President Donald Trump, hitting back at his anti-Mexican rhetoric and his depictions of them as “rapists” and "criminals" and to demand “the respecting of Mexico. "Mexico must be respected, Mr Trump," said a giant banner carried by protesters in Mexico City, who waved a sea of red, white and green Mexican flags as they marched down the capital's main avenue...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES 

Gov. Walker Proposes Eliminating Labor, Judicial, Education Oversight Commissions  Wisconsin Public Radio  ...Gov. Scott Walker wants to shutter commissions overseeing labor disputes, for-profit colleges and judicial ethics in Wisconsin. The governor unveiled his proposals to end the state's Labor and Industry Review Commission, Educational Approval Board and Judicial Commission in his biennial budget proposal last week. He contends the changes will streamline government processes...

Colorado Senate passes bill to become 'right-to-work' state  Business Journal  ...Colorado Senate Republicans on Monday pushed through a bill to rewrite state labor law and make this a “right-to-work” state, despite opposition even from some business groups such as the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Senate Bill 55, sponsored by Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, would prohibit union membership from being a requirement to hold any job in Colorado...

Early Optimism Crushed in Maryland’s Fight for $15  In These Times  ...The optimism that fueled the Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign last year in Baltimore and other Maryland jurisdictions is giving way to a more sober assessment of political realities and causing proponents to roll back expectations. That new reality was on display this week at Baltimore City Hall, where Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, a Democrat, unveiled a proposal for a citywide minimum wage...

The North Carolina Supreme Court Just Blocked Republicans’ Unlawful Election Board Power Grab  Slate  ...Shortly before North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper entered office, the Republican-dominated General Assembly passed a series of bills stripping power from the governor and shifting it to the legislature. On Monday, the North Carolina Supreme Court blocked the changes from taking effect while lower courts consider their legality...

Minimum wage question aiming for August ballot in Kansas City  Kansas City Star  ...Kansas City voters can expect to see a proposal to raise the city’s minimum wage on the Aug. 8 ballot. Jackson County Circuit Judge Margene Burnett on Tuesday denied an attempt by backers of a minimum wage ordinance to require the city to put the measure on the April 4 ballot. Burnett basically said the issue needed more time to go through the city’s customary ordinance approval processes and shouldn’t be rushed to a vote...

 

U.S. LABOR 

Boeing Workers Face “Constant Barrage of Misinformation” Ahead of Union Vote  In These Times  ...Workers at Boeing’s aircraft plant in South Carolina are voting Wednesday on whether to join a union, capping a multi-year campaign. The road to victory will not be easy. Since a new election was scheduled last month, Boeing workers who spoke to In These Times say that Boeing has been unrelenting in its opposition to the union. “It’s just a constant barrage—any opportunity they’ve had, they’ve hit us with [an] anti-union message,” says Randy Toler, a worker...

How a Union Vote in Charleston Could Change the Labor Movement in the South  The Nation  ... Union officials say a win on February 15 could be a watershed moment, opening the door for organizing in the South, beginning with the BMW plant in Spartanburg or the soon-to-open Volvo plant in Berkeley County. “This would be the breakthrough of the century if they would win,” says Riley. That’s because corporations and their political allies routinely argue that unions in the North are the main reason so many corporations are heading south... 

NLRB To Consider Election Objections In Feb. 22 Hearing  Harvard Crimson  ...The National Labor Relations Board will consider objections to Harvard’s student unionization election at a hearing Feb. 22 and deliberate over whether or not to call for a re-vote on the issue. Graduate union student organizers filed an objection to the November election in December, arguing that the University did not provide complete and accurate lists of eligible voters for the vote...

SAG-AFTRA Launches New App for Members  Hollywood Reporter  ...SAG-AFTRA is deploying a specialized app exclusively for its members, the union announced Tuesday, with versions available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app allows users to track residuals, keep tabs on local productions, read the latest news, get answers to key contract questions, snag special deals and add events directly to their calendars... 

Trade groups push Congress to reverse NLRB joint employer ruling  The Hill  ...More than 50 business and trade groups are asking Congress to pass legislation to repeal the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new joint employer standard. In August 2015, the NLRB ruled that “indirect” and “potential” control over workers’ terms and conditions makes a company a joint employer...

Trump's hiring freeze hurts young veterans, who were already having trouble getting jobs  CNBC  ...While the nation's unemployment rate declines, the jobless trend for America's youngest veterans is climbing, jumping to 6.3 percent in January from 4.4 percent in September. To complicate matters, President Donald Trump's federal hiring freeze may hit veterans hardest. It's a primary source of civilian employment post-service because of its preferential hiring practices toward veterans. A third of federal workers are veterans...

Trump’s labor secretary nominee just got sued for labor violations  Quartz  ...The US Department of Labor may soon be run by the CEO of a company cited by the agency itself for wage and labor violations, and sued by employees for more of the same last week. Andrew Puzder, a critic of minimum wage increases and US president Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Department of Labor, has been named in a lawsuit filed by restaurant workers...

Trump Moves Prevailing-Wage Foes into Labor Department  Labor Press  ...Two members of President Donald Trump’s “beachhead team” at the Department of Labor have long histories of opposing prevailing-wage laws. Geoffrey Burr, who is rumored to be in line to be chief of staff for Andrew Puzder if the fast-food executive is confirmed as Secretary of Labor, spent seven years as chief lobbyist for the Associated Builders and Contractors, an industry trade group that has vociferously opposed prevailing wage...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Senators Told Their Jobs At Risk After Confirming Wall Street Banker for Treasury  Common Dreams  ..."Voting to put Steve Mnuchin in charge of the Treasury Department isn't just a slap in the face to the millions of Americans who lost everything in the great recession, it's a disgustingly cynical bet that no one will notice that U.S. senators are acting like Wall Street puppets while pretending to stand up for working people," declared Democracy for America (DFA) executive director Charles Chamberlain following the 53-47 vote...

Commerce Nominee Wilbur Ross Will Keep His Stake in Chinese-Government-Backed Company  Wall Street Journal  ...Wilbur Ross Jr. plans to keep millions of dollars invested in offshore entities whose values could be affected by policies that he implements as commerce secretary. Mr. Ross, the 79-year-old private-equity billionaire whom President Donald Trump has nominated to run the Commerce Department, has said he would sell at least 80 business assets and investment funds over the next several months if he is confirmed...

Trump reportedly heading to Mar-a-Lago for third straight weekend, obliterating campaign promise  Think Progress  ...On February 17, President Trump will head to his $200,000-per-membership Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach for the third consecutive weekend, according to the Palm Beach Post. Each trip reportedly costs taxpayers upward of $3 million. Trump’s reluctance to spend a weekend in Washington stands in contrast to what he promised during the campaign, when he said he’d “rarely leave the White House”...

The White House tells media to ask Kris Kobach to prove there’s voter fraud. They do. He doesn’t.  Washington Post  ....Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser to President Trump, defended his boss’s continuing insistence on rampant voter fraud in the 2016 election Sunday by offering an expert witness. “I suggest you invite Kris Kobach onto your show,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. On Monday, three networks invited Kobach on. Two pressed the issue. Kobach offered zero proof...

Michael Flynn Out: From Trump's "Full Confidence" to Midnight Resignation  Truthout  ...Less than one month into office, President Donald Trump's controversial national security advisor, Michael Flynn, abruptly resigned Monday night following revelations he had discussed sanctions with a high-level Russian official and then misinformed White House staff, including Vice President Mike Pence, about that conversation...

Construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline Continues, for Now  The Atlantic  ...A district court judge denied a request to halt the drilling of the Dakota Access pipeline on Monday. Construction of the 1,100-mile project will continue for now. The ruling adds another chapter to the convoluted legal history of the Dakota Access pipeline. The case is mired in procedural and statutory minutiae, but it commands huge public interest...

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