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March 18, 2018

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US labor news headlines from LabourStart

Claims by right-to-work supporters like a hollow bunny
Trump Labor Board Scrambles to Avoid Pro-Worker Ruling, Lawyers Claim
China : Eight-day strike at China factory making Michael Kors bags ends as workers' pension and wage demands met
Working at Kansas Ranch ‘Like Slavery,' Immigrants Say
Silver Valley Miners march on one-year anniversary of Lucky Friday Mine strike

Local and National Union News

Teamsters, ABF grapple with detailed economics
Mar. 16, 2018 | The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and ABF Freight System began discussing wages and benefits this week and the Teamsters remain committed to fighting hard to protect members’ interests. The current 2013-2018 contract expires at the end of this month. After several weeks of progress on language issues, the inevitable topic of pay and benefits has now been formally opened. As expected at this stage, the parties appear far apart… Read the update at Teamsters

Liquor industry is pushing to get self-driving cars on the road 
Mar. 16, 2018 | Automakers and tech firms have long been the ones hustling to get self-driving cars onto streets. Now they've been joined by a surprise ally: America's alcohol industry. In recent weeks, two industry groups — one representing wine and liquor wholesalers, the other representing large producers — have thrown their weight behind coalitions lobbying to get autonomous vehicles on the road faster… Los Angeles Times

Amazon and UPS are betting big on drone delivery
Mar. 14, 2018 | In theory, getting a recent purchase delivered in mere minutes is every consumer's dream. In practice? It's not exactly easy to do. The logistics are complex and intense. The regulatory hurdles are steep and covered with red tape… UPS has estimated that cutting off just one mile for the routes of each of the company's 66,000 delivery drivers would amount to $50 million in savings. For this reason, UPS is testing drone deliveries, using the top of its vans as a mini-helipad… Business Insider

Is Tronc due for a crash?
Mar. 12, 2018 | [Last] Thursday marked a day of reckoning for Tronc. The company — the last big public newspaper company to report year-end earnings — released those numbers for 2017. They weren’t good, as I had signaled in my earlier reporting on the chaos at and subsequent sale of the Los Angeles Times. But what followed seems to be much more than a reaction to that report. In a single stunning trading session, Tronc lost almost a quarter of its market value — or $160 million, down 24 percent.… Neiman Lab

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  • Penn. election: Big win for workers.
  • Workers get wise to GOP tax scam.
  • I thought we were all in this together.
  • UPS to add plug-ins to fleet in US.
  • The working-class revolt in West Virginia.
  • The debate over the steel and aluminum tariffs.
  • Baltimore votes to ban crude oil export terminals.
  • Hoffa disappearance revisited in Scorsese film.
  • See how much of GOP tax cuts will go to the middle class.
  • When self-driving cars can’t help themselves, who takes the wheel?
  • Teamster Military Assistance Program offers job opportunities to military spouses.
  • YRC Teamster honored for accident-free driving for 5 million miles.
  • The one thing that protects a laptop after it’s been stolen.

Teamsters Turn Out the Vote in Big House Win
Mar. 16, 2018 | ELECTIONS | Teamsters and other labor allies in western Pennsylvania worked long hours in the days leading up to a special U.S. House election this week letting union members in the district know there was only one candidate who would stand up for their families. And the effort paid off. Conor Lamb (D), an ex-federal prosecutor and Marine with strong family ties to the area, prevailed by the thinnest of margins because people like Jamie Masciarelli put in the time going workplace to workplace to make sure he did. Masciarelli, a member of Local 249 and chief steward at Vogel Disposal, spent the week before Tuesday’s election making sure his fellow Teamsters were educated on the issues. It was the first time Masciarelli had worked as a “lost timer”, but he said the effort was well worth it. “We tried to get into the members’ heads that it is important to vote pro-labor,” he said… Teamster
A New Era in American Unionism
Mar. 15, 2018 | UNIONS | […] Many believe that the West Virginia teachers’ strike foreshadows a new era in American unionism. As workers become more involved in their unions through increased member-to-member communication, they move toward activism and solidarity. States that have balanced budgets on the backs of public employees are vulnerable to backlash, like we just witnessed in West Virginia. Workers who have become frustrated with a system that victimizes them and their families will look for a vehicle to strike back. That vehicle has and always will be the American union movement… NW Labor Press
Unions Show Their Force in Penn. District Won By Trump
Mar. 14, 2018 | ELECTIONS | Suburban women played a key role in Democrats’ electoral sweep in Virginia in November. And black women got credit for helping put Democrat Doug Jones over the top in his surprise win in the Alabama Senate race in December. Now it’s labor unions’ turn to bask in the spotlight: If Lamb wins Tuesday, he will owe much of his success to them. Lamb has acknowledged as much, telling the audience at the UMWA rally that organized labor has “been the heart and soul of this campaign.” Huffington Post Related: Democrat Conor Lamb maintains lead with absentee votes counted.
No Tax Breaks for Offshoring American Jobs
Mar. 14, 2018 | JOBS | Remember when Donald Trump promised to keep companies from shipping American jobs overseas? That promise may need to be re-visited, as the Republican tax law encourages companies to avoid American taxes and export American jobs. The tax-cut plan effectively halves corporations’ tax rate on offshore profits. It also essentially eliminates their taxes on profits, new factories, and equipment overseas, thus encouraging them to invest in jobs outside the U.S… Independent News Net
A Penny for Your National Security
Mar. 13, 2018 | JOBS | A great wailing and gnashing of teeth arose across the land after the Trump administration announced its plan to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Some conservatives cried that the tariffs, 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, would incite an international trade war…This hyperbole comes from conservatives who deliberately blind themselves to the devastation Chinese trade cheating has caused the American steel and aluminum industries. This hysteria comes from corporations that use steel and aluminum and are apparently just fine with Chinese trade violations completely killing off American producers, leaving the country without domestic suppliers of metals essential for national defense… Our Future
Paid Sick Leave? A Union Can Give You That
Mar. 12, 2018 | COMMENTARY | Having missed a couple of work days recently as a casualty of this nastier-than-normal flu season, I’ve been thinking that what we need, besides better vaccines, are unions. I realize unions aren’t the first thing most people think of when wracked by coughs, congestion, fever and chills. The disconnect likely is because you have paid sick leave at your job. If you or your child gets the flu, you get time off to recover without having to worry about scrimping on groceries or the rent to cover the lost income. But millions of your fellow Americans aren’t so lucky… WBUR

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