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Dec. 5, 2008: The U.S. Department of Labor reports employers slashed 533,000 jobs the month before—the most in 34 years—as the Great Recession surged. The unemployment rolls had risen for seven months before that and were to continue to soar for another 10 months before topping 10 percent and beginning to level off late the following year.

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Teamsters Union disappointed in latest pipeline decision
Dec. 5, 2016  | The Teamsters Union is disappointed in a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to not grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision blocks two years of review, approvals by four states and approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two federal courts upholding the project. The decision will have a direct and negative impact on the hardworking men and women – including Teamsters and other union members – who have invested their lives in building the infrastructure that makes this country run… teamsters.org

Trucking, auto industries praise Elaine Chao transportation secretary nomination
Nov. 30, 2016  | … The Teamsters told Trucks.com they are not commenting on Trump’s proposed policies and cabinet nominations. But the union was critical of Chao when she was labor secretary. James P. Hoffa, the Teamsters’ president, said she was pushing many anti-union proposals and was against a higher minimum wage…

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Injunction Against OT Pay Has Real Consequences

Dec. 5, 2016  | VIEWS | …The new rules, which were set to take effect yesterday, December 1, would have required employers to pay time-and-a-half the regular rate of pay for each hour worked beyond 40 in a week to any employee paid less than $47,476 a year. Prior to the Obama rule, employees earning as little as $23,660 could be called “executive” or “administrative” and denied overtime pay even if they spent the majority of their workweek scrubbing floors or stocking shelves. There are 12.5 million salaried workers earning between $23,660 and $47,476, and every one of them would be entitled to overtime pay under the new rule… peoples world.org

The Workers Versus Trump
Dec. 5, 2016  | OPINION | …The threats Trump’s victory and the Republican sweep pose to unions are numerous and have already been articulated by labor experts … If we hunker down and simply wait for the storm to pass, the house of labor will likely sustain irreparable damage …The only organized force capable of effectively resisting Trump and the Right in the present moment is organized labor. The Democratic Party has proven that it is either incapable — or unwilling — to be the voice of the voiceless in the United States today. Organized labor cannot resist Trump as an appendage of a political party. It must find its own voice. But how do we find our voice? Many in the labor movement support laudable goals: we must build power in all directions and challenge every step of the Trump agenda. We must defend the targeted — immigrants, women under assault, ethnic and religious minorities — and we need to do so both inside and outside the confines of our unionized workplaces… jacobinmag.com
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Fight Over ‘Buy America’ Provision Erupts in Congress
Dec. 2, 2016  | JOBS | At issue is language included in the Senate-passed version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that would require American iron and steel products to be used in projects assisted by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Sources familiar with the negotiations say Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is actively pushing to strip the provision from the bill. Supporters of the provision say Ryan’s push is at odds with President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to support American manufacturers and create jobs for the middle class. thehill.com
Carrier Deal an Empty PR Stunt; Incentivizes Bad Corporate Behavior
Dec. 1, 2016  | JOBS | … Here is what we know about the Carrier deal. The company had planned to close its Indianapolis plant and ship about 2,000 jobs to a new facility in Monterrey, Mexico, where it can get away with paying workers $19 a day…After the election and a call to its CEO from the new president-elect, Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, hammered out a deal…It feels like a victory to the 850 people whose jobs were saved, along with their families. And no one wants to downplay the importance of that – though it should be noted that, rather ominously, the steelworkers union that represents the plant’s worker was completely shut out of the negotiations between the company and the government. Who knows if the company will later claim that the remaining workers need to take a pay cut to make the deal’s numbers work?… What a deal like this does is incentivize other CEOs to threaten to offshore their companies unless the United States president offers them a specific deal to stay… salon.com
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