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Today's Teamster News For February 27, 2017

 

TEAMSTERS

Teamsters Endorse Michael Blake for DNC Vice-Chair   Teamsters...“Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters proudly endorses Assembly Member Michael Blake in his bid for Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Blake is committed to strengthening the Democratic Party by cultivating candidates for office, training staff to identify and engage community leaders and develop permanent programs to reenergize the party...

Teamsters Announce Regional Appointments for National Freight Division   Teamsters...“Brothers Grisham, Murphy and Paffenroth bring decades of experience in this critical sector of our union to their new positions as regional freight coordinators,” Hoffa said. “They, along with our National Freight Division Director Ernie Soehl, will help guide our union through the ever-changing landscape of this core industry"...

The “Hidden” Women of NASA   Teamsters...The movie “Hidden Figures,” released in Fall 2016, is based on Tom Wolfe’s book “The Right Stuff,” which chronicles America’s race to beat the Soviet Union to put a man into space. The movie takes an in-depth look at a team of black National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) female mathematicians who were the behind the scenes “computers” for the 1962 mission...

Houston Southern Glazer’s Drivers Vote Teamsters   Teamsters...Delivery drivers working for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits (Southern Glazer) in the Houston area have voted to join Teamsters Local 988. The majority of the 59-driver unit voted in favor of joining the union...

Support Girl Scouts and Teamsters!   Teamsters...The Girl Scouts of America only trust two bakery factories in the U.S. to make and bake their famous cookies—the Interbake Foods bakery in North Sioux City, S.D.  and the Little Brownie Bakers bakery in Louisville, Ky.—and Teamster members work at both...

UPS Mechanics Turn Up Heat in Contract Talks   Louisville Courier-Journal...The labor union representing UPS mechanics announced Friday that it has requested that the National Mediation Board release the mechanics from negotiations with the company. In essence, the Louisville-based Teamsters Local 2727 is turning up the heat during bargaining. At issue are changes in health care benefits that the union is fighting...

ABX Air Pilots Win Resolution to Forced Overtime   Aviation Tribune...Months after an ABX Air pilot strike grounded flights for DHL and Amazon for two days, ABX pilots and the airline, owned by Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), reached a settlement agreement that returns the pilots’ right to take compensatory days off after they are forced to work on their off days to cover flights due to staffing shortages...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Trump To Seek Jobs Advice From Firms That Offshore U.S. Work   Reuters...President Donald Trump, who has vowed to stop U.S. manufacturing from disappearing overseas, will seek job-creation advice on Thursday from at least five companies that are laying off thousands of workers as they shift production abroad. Caterpillar Inc, United Technologies Corp, Dana Inc, 3M Co and General Electric Co, are offshoring work to Mexico, China, India and other countries, according to a Reuters review of U.S. Labor Department records...

US Steel CEO Says It Is 'Totally Realistic' To Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back   CNBC.com...Mark Cuban made comments recently about how robotics and automation are the wave of the future and could cause unemployment in America. Many believe most of the unemployment Cuban referred to would primarily affect traditional manufacturing jobs and industries. However, U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi said he believes it's realistic and necessary for manufacturing jobs to come back...

Farmers Fear Migrant Workers Will Stay Away From Illinois and Indiana Farms   WBEZ News...Farmers in Illinois and Indiana are already gearing up for the harvest season next fall. Some farmers are worried that finding workers could be a challenge after recent crackdowns on undocumented immigrants under President Donald Trump. “That concern is real for quite a few of our farmers that use migrant workers,” said Robert White, director of national government relations for Indiana Farm Bureau...

"People of Mexico Will Not Accept" Trump's Unilateral Border Plans: Foreign Minister   Common Dreams...It is little wonder President Donald Trump predicts a "tough" meeting between his State Department and the Mexican government on Thursday after the Mexican foreign secretary threatened to to take legal action, potentially appealing to the United Nations, against the United States' "unilateral" deportation efforts...

To Keep U.S. Jobs, Chip Makers Share A Factory And Pin Hopes On Trump   New York Times...In many ways, the IM Flash plant is an outlier. While companies based in the United States still dominate chip sales worldwide, only about 13 percent of the world’s chip manufacturing capacity was in this country in 2015, down from 30 percent in 1990, according to government data...

For More Chinese Firms, It Pays to Make It in the U.S.A.   Wall Street Journal...A hefty U.S. import tax on goods produced in China could accelerate a trend already well under way: Chinese companies setting up factories and expanding in the U.S. Manufacturers in China face a host of pressures. Wages have risen substantially, while land and electricity prices are up. This challenges China’s decades long orthodoxy of producing mass-market goods at extremely low cost...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

State Employees To Get Pay Raises In New Budget   The Associated Press...Virginia state employees will be getting raises, some of them quite hefty, under a budget plan headed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s desk. The GOP-controlled General Assembly on Saturday passed a state spending plan that includes significant pay increases for state police and other law enforcement officers, as well as a 3 percent across-the-board raises for state employees and the state’s share of a 2 percent raises for teachers...

St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones Pushes SSM Healthcare to Follow Through on Promises to Workers   Vital VOICE...Today, St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones, local workers, and members of the St. Louis Workers Rights Board of Missouri Jobs with Justice joined together to demand SSM Healthcare Saint Louis University Hospital, follow through on their promises to raise its minimum wage for all workers to $11 immediately, including those under contract to a union and its contract workers...

Maryland Paid Sick leave Bill Clears House Committee   The Washington Post...Workers at companies with 15 or more employees in Maryland moved a step closer to earning paid sick leave on Thursday when a bill was approved by a state legislative committee. The House Economic Matters Committee voted 14-9 to advance the measure, which provides a minimum of one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of seven full days per year for full-time workers...

Town hall Held To Discuss The Affordable Care Act   KSHB-TV Kansas City News...Kansas City workers and Missouri Jobs With Justice hosted a town hall on Saturday to share stories and discuss concerns about proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Supporters of ACA believe if the law is repealed, hundreds of thousands of Missourians will lose their healthcare and over 47,000 jobs would be destroyed...

Minimum Wage Fight Looms In State Capitol   Daily Iowan...For the first time since 1997, the Republican Party has control over the Iowa House, Senate, and governorship. Recent research presented on Feb. 24 by Chris Witko, an associate political-science professor at the University of South Carolina, shows that this may boost economic inequality throughout the state. Economic inequality has been a long-standing issue across the nation, and Witko said states are beginning to address it based on their political leanings...

Kansas City Minimum Wage Question On August Ballot   KBIA...Kansas City residents will vote in August on whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Kansas City Council agreed Thursday to comply with a Missouri Supreme Court order and put the petition initiative on the Aug. 8 ballot...

 

U.S. LABOR

Auto Workers' Union To Launch 'Buy American' Campaign   NPR...These have not been the easiest times for America's labor unions, which have been seen as losing influence. But one big one, the United Automobile Workers - or UAW - seems to be gaining some steam right now, and that may be thanks in part to President Trump and his criticism of trade deals like NAFTA and also of companies that move manufacturing overseas. In that spirit, the head of the UAW says it will launch an ad campaign encouraging consumers to, quote, "buy American"...

ASPIRA Charter Network Teachers Overwhelmingly Vote To Strike   Chicago Sun Times...The union representing more than 100 teachers, counselors and educational support staff in the four-school ASPIRA charter network voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike Wednesday afternoon. Of the 93 votes cast, 92 were in favor of striking, according to ChiACTS Local 4343 spokeswoman Chris Geovanis...

Grad Students Take To Polls In Historic Union Vote   Yale News...Students in nine separate academic departments at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will head to the polls today, the first time in Yale’s history that graduate students will cast legally binding votes on whether to collectively bargain with the University...

Uber's Mess Reaches Beyond Sexism - and Silicon Valley   BBC News...Uber's meteoric rise was dogged by incessant lawsuits, enraged protests and staggering losses. Or, as co-founder Travis Kalanick might consider it right now, the "good old days". He now faces tougher challenges...

More Than They Need Factory Jobs, Workers Need To Have A Voice   Marketwatch (opinion)...Donald Trump thinks the only way to make America great again is to bring back millions of manufacturing jobs, but what he and his supporters don’t get is that there’s nothing inherently great about a job in a factory. The “greatness” of a factory job had almost nothing to do with the job itself and almost everything to do with the fact that workers had some power to bargain with the bosses to get better pay, better benefits and better working conditions...

Upstate Honeywell Plant Workers Can Return To Work After 10-month Lockout   NY Daily News...Thirty-nine families in upstate New York got some good news this weekend — the contentious labor dispute that saw employer Honeywell lock its workers out 10 months ago is finally over. That means 39 New York employees and another 320 in South Bend, Indiana can return to their jobs and start earning a paycheck again after nearly a year of going without...

Elon Musk Thinks Unions Are Bad For Tesla   Engadget...Last night, tunneling fan CEO Elon Musk sent an email to Tesla employees firing back against allegations of poor working conditions and low pay. He rebutted claims made by Jose Moran, a production worker at the company's Fremont factory, that mandatory overtime pushed the workforce there to suffer preventable injuries. Musk's message to the Tesla troops alleged that an internal investigation disproved the conditions claim and criticized the United Auto Workers (UAW) for inciting Tesla workers to unionize...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

This Agency Created an Obstacle Course to Show People What It’s Like to Be ‘Black at Work’   Ad Week...In honor of Black History Month, Havas Chicago wanted to do something that would get its employees and the people of Chicago to not only reflect, but also learn a little something about what it’s like to be black in an ad agency today. A team of employees decided to create an obstacle course in the lobby of the building. Each obstacle was designed to teach the rest of the agency about what a black man or woman might experience in the workplace while also starting a much needed conversation about the lack of diversity in the advertising industry...

Trump's Deportation Plan Is Economic Suicide   Bloomberg (opinion)...There are a lot of things you can say about the Trump Administration’s recently announced deportation plan. But if Trump is able to get the money from Congress to hire the 10,000 additional immigration cops and 5,000 more border agents he wants, if he gets local sheriff’s departments to help the federal government round up undocumented immigrants, and if he does indeed begin to deport hundreds of thousands, and perhaps millions, of them, then I think you’ll be able to say something else about his policy: It will be economic suicide...

Trump's Immigration Plans Could Cripple The US Economy And Hurt The Workers He's Pledging To Protect   Business Insider...Economists disagree on a lot of issues. Immigration is not one of them. Almost unequivocally, experts from the left and the right ends of the political spectrum see immigration as a net benefit to the economy. They cite everything from population growth to increased tax receipts to diversity of people and ideas...

The Other Right-Wing Tidal Wave Sweeping America: Federal and State Preemption of Local Progressive Laws   Alternet...Last week, the National League of Cities released a report tracking an outbreak of state laws stepping on and nullifying local progressive laws and policies across the country. The picture it paints in seven key areas is shocking to anyone who believes in local democracy...

Memo Restoring Use Of Private Prisons Is Good News For One Company   The Nation...Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s four-sentence memo rescinding Justice Department guidance to reduce the use of private prisons sent stock soaring for the two companies that dominate the industry, Geo Group and CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America).. 

 

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