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Today's Teamster News 08.13.13

The No Jobs Economy is the New Economy  Economic Populist   ...Of the 161,000 reported private sector jobs gained in July, 157,000 or 97.5 percent, are in non-tradable domestic services. A non-tradable service is a job that produces services that cannot be exported, such as waitresses, bartenders, hospital orderlies, retail clerks, warehousemen....

Today's Teamster News 07.18.13

Bangladesh Government Allows Workers To Form Unions  ThinkProgress   ...Bangladesh’s government approved a labor law on Monday that would make it easier for workers to form unions. The legislation also included provisions that create a fund to improve workers’ living standards and require companies to deposit 5 percent of profits into employee welfare funds...

Today's Teamster News 06.25.13

American factory exec says he's being held hostage by scores of angry workers in Beijing  Associated Press   ...An American executive said Monday he has been held hostage for four days at his medical supply plant in Beijing by scores of workers demanding severance packages like those given to 30 co-workers in a phased-out department...

Help McDonald's indentured servants, sign the petition (VIDEO)

Foreign students who paid $3,000 each to come to the US on a "cultural exchange" program ended up being indentured servants to a McDonald's franchise owner in Central Pennsylvania. Their wages were stolen. They were forced to live eight to a room in basements. And they were threatened and injured.

Yesterday they walked off the job. Today they're asking us to sign a petition asking for three things:

Today's Teamster News 03.07.13

McDonald's Franchises In Pennsylvania Accused Of Exploiting Student Guest Workers  Huffington Post   ...some students received as few as four hours of work a week, at the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. After "exorbitant" deductions for housing, those wages were pushed below the legal minimum, the group says, while the students lived "up to 8 students to a room" at a cost of $300 per person...

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