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Today's Teamster News 07.17.13

Obama makes new NLRB nominations  USA Today   ...President Obama fulfilled his part of a Senate deal Tuesday to avoid major changes in the filibuster rules, making two new nominations to the National Labor Relations Board. Obama put up Nancy Schiffer, associate general counsel at the AFL-CIO, and Kent Hirozawa, chief counsel to NLRB chairman Mark Pearce...

Today's Teamster News 07.16.13

Democrats Confident They Have 51 Votes For Nuclear Option  Talking Points Memo   ...Senate Democrats are confident that they’ve rounded up the 51 votes needed to nuke the filibuster for executive branch nominations, should they follow through with their threat to change the rules if Republicans block seven pending nominees...

Today's Teamster News 06.23.13

Dead Being Billed for Life Insurance  ABC News   ... the nation's leading insurance companies continued billing customers for life insurance long after they were dead. The companies--including such household names as AIG, Hartford, John Hancock, Met Life, Prudential, Transamerica and TIAA-CREF-- have agreed to a multi-state settlement under which they will repay some $763 million owed the heirs of the deceased...

Today's Teamster News 05.23.13

The IRS controversy isn’t about taxes. It’s about disclosure.  Washington Post   ...Some of the last week’s headlines might have led you to believe that there’s some controversy over whether tea party groups should have to pay taxes. There isn’t. No one thinks they should. The dispute is over whether they should have to disclose their donors, as a legal matter and as a moral one...

VIDEO: Why we need a functioning NLRB (in case you weren't sure)

Marcus Hedger was fired because he defended his union contract against a predatory private equity firm. The National Labor Relations Board ruled the company broke the law, and that Hedger had to get his job back, with back pay.

But the company appealed, and Hedger has been in limbo ever since. The NLRB can't do anything about it. The board can't function until President Obama's appointments are approved, and Republicans are holding them up.

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