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Today's Teamster News For February 9, 2017

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Teamsters face off with Hesperia City Council over labor negotiations  Daily Press  ...It was round two for Teamsters Local 1932 as they faced off with the City Council here, claiming the city is dragging its feet with labor negotiations and not showing them respect. Wearing matching gray T-shirts, about 70 Teamsters stood in unison as Teamster Supervisor Steve Matthews told the Council the group has economically "gone backwards" over the last 10 years"...

State Legislators Stand With UC Teamster Workers   Yahoo News  ...On the heels of a wave of Teamster strikes at the University of California, 26 California State Assembly Members have sent a letter to UC President Janet Napolitano, urging a „speedy and fair resolution” of the labor dispute. The legislators called upon Napolitano to provide leadership to address the issues of declining real wages and worker hunger at the University. ..

Drivers, Detailers at Robert Q Airbus Join Teamsters  Teamsters Canada  ...Earlier this week, close to 75 workers at Robert Q Airbus in London, ON voted to join Teamsters Local Union 879. The new members include drivers who shuttle travellers to the Detroit and Toronto Airports, and detailers who clean and detail the buses. According to organizers, making the workplace fairer and more structured was especially important to the staff at Robert Q Airbus...

Packed house for hearing on Northern Access Pipeline  Yahoo News  ...Speakers for and against the $455 million Northern Access Pipeline Project spoke Tuesday at a state hearing on water and air quality permits. Speakers from companies that build pipelines, and labor representatives of Operating Engineers and Teamsters urged quick approval of the project’s permits by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Workers launch strike at CNR's Ivory Coast fields  Reuters  ...Workers at Canadian Natural Resources' (CNR) Baobab and Espoir oil and gas fields in Ivory Coast launched a 72-hour strike early on Wednesday over employment conditions, the head of their union said. "There's no gas coming from any of CNR's platforms now, and that represents around 30 percent of Ivorian production," Imrana Konate, secretary-general of the SISPOO union, told Reuters...

Japan May Woo Trump with 700,000 U.S. Jobs and a $7 Billion Factory  Reuters  ...Japanese display maker Sharp may start building a $7 billion plant in the United States in the first half of 2017, taking the lead on a project initially outlined by its Taiwanese parent Foxconn, a person with knowledge of the plan said. A decision by Foxconn to give Sharp the lead would come as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to travel to the United States to meet U.S. President Donald Trump...

Australia to push for TPP minus US  Straits Times  ...Australia will push the case for a Pacific trade deal without the US at a meeting with other potential members in Chile next month, said Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) remains "absolutely" relevant without the United States, and the text of the accord would need only minor tweaking to allow for America's withdrawal...

Trump promises better trade deals. He should also make them more democratic.  (opinion) Bangor Daily News ...The NAFTA renegotiation process and any bilateral deal negotiations must be transparent and participatory — the opposite of the secretive and corporate-dominated talks that produced NAFTA and the TPP. Members of the public must be invited to help craft U.S. positions and comment on draft proposals before negotiations... 

TPP and TTIP are not dead: now they're called the Trade In Services Agreement  The Ecologist  ...If there's one good thing about Trump, it's that he has put an end to the TPP and TTIP trade deals, right? Don't celebrate yet, writes Pete Dolack. There's another 'trade deal' waiting in the wings, TISA, and negotiators have been busy expanding its remit to include huge parts of TPP and TTIP, while giving free rein to the global behemoths of internet and finance to expand their monopolies...

Child labour & low wages: The real cost of producing fashion in Burma  Asian Correspondent  ...Labour and human rights abuses have been found to be rife in Burma’s garment industry with many workers earning below minimum wage and children as young as 14 being employed in some factories, a new report has found. The report found that many western multinational corporations are now switching to Burma for production but labour abuses within these factories are at troubling levels...

UK government refuses to accept austerity measures are breach of human rights  Independent  ...The Government has been accused of kicking UN concerns about its austerity policy “into the long grass” after it refused to accept the findings of a report that concluded its welfare reforms were a breach of human rights. The UNCESCR report, published in June 2016, said the regressive nature of welfare and justice reforms such as universal credit and the “bedroom tax” meant government policy was worsening inequality in the UK...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES 

Missouri Labor Plans to Take ‘Right-To-Work’ Repeal to Ballot  Labor Press  ...As Gov. Eric Greitens signed a bill to prohibit the union shop in Missouri into law Feb. 6, state labor leaders were planning how to get a measure to repeal it on the ballot in November 2018. “Our main goal is to bring this to a vote of the people,” St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White told KMOX radio. Union leaders are trying to decide whether to do it as a referendum, which would simply repeal the law, or as an initiative...

N.H. House Committee Recommends Against Passing 'Right-To-Work' Bill  NHPR  ..The bill next heads to the full House, which will take up the measure next week. Hundreds of opponents filled Representatives Hall in Concord Wednesday, many wearing red t-shirts, to voice their concerns to lawmakers. “Right-to-Work has nothing to do with rights, or nothing to do with work,” says Denis Caza with Teamsters 633. “It’s government interference between employers and its employees”...

Wisconsin Senate approves bill to end required project labor agreements  Journal Sentinel  ... State senators on Wednesday approved a bill preventing local governments from requiring contractors to work with unions on taxpayer-funded building projects. The bill on labor agreements is the latest in a series of moves against unions by Republican lawmakers in recent years...

Republicans Are Set to Destroy Iowa’s Labor Unions  New Republic  ...with the GOP fully in control of the state, a cadre of Republicans have moved to gut Chapter 20, beginning with a bill introduced Tuesday morning that moves both health insurance and supplemental pay from the mandatory to prohibited column. If passed, the bill would bar Iowa public unions from raising these topics in negotiation...

Texas Senate Moves Bill Forward To Eliminate Sanctuary Cities  Jezebel  ...As the repercussions of Donald Trump’s executive order to eliminate federal funding for “sanctuary cities” trickles down through the country, Texas is the latest state in the country to roll over and comply with the new administration. CNN reports that Senate Bill 4, authored by Republican Sen. Charles Perry of Lubbock, would require law enforcement to hold arrested people in custody while their immigration status is investigated...

States Double Down on Sanctuary Status to Fight Trump's "Cruelty"  Common Dreams  ...States are getting ready to fight President Donald Trump's xenophobic agenda, with political trendsetters at the front lines. The Democrat-heavy New York Assembly passed two bills on Monday to make the state a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, and to give undocumented students access to tuition assistance programs... 

 

U.S. LABOR

Loyola University graduate students vote to unionize  Chicago Tribune  ...A ballot count Wednesday at the National Labor Relations Board's Chicago regional office revealed 59 percent of the 120 votes cast were in favor of joining Service Employees International Union Local 73, according to the union. About 210 graduate students who are part of the bargaining unit were eligible to vote...

Uber Sues Seattle For Letting Drivers Unionize  Yahoo News  ...Uber drivers have tried to use the courts to gain the right to unionize. Now the ridehailing company is flipping the script and suing the city of Seattle after it passed a law allowing gig economy drivers to form unions. The suit calls into question a law passed unanimously by the Seattle city council. The rule gave drivers for Uber and Lyft and other ridesharing services the right to organize...

EPA Workers to Trump: We Don't Want Scott Pruitt as Our New Boss  Truthout  ...The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 704, the union representing the EPA's Chicago workers, organized the protest to oppose Pruitt's confirmation and to pressure senators to vote against him. Speakers at the event included stewards and members of AFGE...

Lawsuit targets key funding source for teachers unions  LA Times  ...A conservative group has joined with eight California educators in a lawsuit filed this week that seeks to eliminate the right of unions to collect mandatory “agency fees” from teachers — even if they are not full members. Similar litigation challenging the fees failed last year when the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4, leaving the current policy in place...

Labor nominee Puzder’s hearing scheduled for next week  Washington Post  ...After multiple delays, labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder has a new date for his confirmation hearing: Feb. 16. The fast-food chief executive has completed his ethics review and submitted his paperwork to the Senate, according to a spokesman for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate HELP committee...

Trump and his nominee for labor secretary disagree on almost everything about the future of work  Quartz  ...CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder, who is US president Donald Trump’s nomination for labor secretary, has strong opinions about how to create American jobs. They just aren’t the same opinions as Trump’s. Puzder argues against government incentives and taxes aimed at creating jobs. Trump, meanwhile, has suggested or enacted a number of measures aimed at inserting government into companies’ decisions...

Veterans of Obama’s Labor Department Look Ahead in Anguish  American Prospect  ...Obama’s top labor alums express pride in the many worker protections they were able to put in place over the past several years. In interviews, however, a number of them expressed deep concern that many of them could be undone by the Trump Administration’s and congressional Republicans’ blitzkrieg against federal regulations and workers’ interests...

Exploiting Black Labor After the Abolition of Slavery  US News & World Report  ...During Reconstruction, the 12 years following the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, former slaves made meaningful political, social and economic gains. But this moment was short-lived. As W.E.B. Du Bois wrote, the "slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery"...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

One-third of Americans unaware ObamaCare, ACA are the same  The Hill  ...More than one-third of Americans are unaware that ObamaCare and the Affordable Care Act are the same law. The figure comes from a new poll by Morning Consult that found 35 percent of Americans do not know ObamaCare is another label — made popular by the GOP — used to describe the Affordable Care Act, enacted under former President Barack Obama in 2010...

Despite his racist past, Jeff Sessions confirmed as attorney general  Think Progress  ...Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States on Wednesday, following a final Senate vote. That means a man with white supremacist ties, a racist and homophobic legislative record, and a history of opposing voting rights is now the top law enforcement officer in the country...

How the Black Lives Matter Movement Is Mobilizing Against Trump  Mother Jones  ...Donald Trump repeatedly expressed hostility towards Black Lives Matter activists during his presidential campaign, particularly for their efforts to confront police brutality. Now, faced with a Trump agenda whose repercussions for African Americans could reach far beyond policing, BLM organizers say they are broadly expanding their mission...

ACLU: We're in a Dangerous Situation as Gov't Claims That Courts Have No Role Reviewing Muslim Ban  Democracy Now  ...The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday on whether to restore President Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States. The case was brought by the states of Washington and Minnesota...

Coretta Scott King’s Letter To Be Blasted Into McConnell’s Home With Bullhorn  Huffington Post  ...A group of Washington, D.C., residents decided to gather in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home on Wednesday night to read the letter Coretta Scott King wrote objecting to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ appointment as a federal judge, the DCist reports. Best part? They said they’re going to use a bullhorn...

Women of America: we're going on strike. Join us so Trump will see our power  (opinion) The Guardian  ...The women’s marches of 21 January have shown that in the United States, too, a new feminist movement may be in the making. It is important not to lose momentum.  Let us join together on 8 March to strike, walk out, march and demonstrate. Let us use the occasion of this international day of action to be done with lean-in feminism and to build in its place a feminism for the 99%...

Seattle City Council votes to cut ties with Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline lending  Seattle Times  ...Calling for a bank that reflects the city’s values, the Seattle City Council voted 9-0 on Tuesday to eventually cut banking ties with Wells Fargo because of its role as a lender to the Dakota Access Pipeline project. The bill asks Mayor Ed Murray to inform Wells Fargo the city will not be renewing its financial-services contract when it expires...

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