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Unions Can Lead the Struggle for Single-Payer Health Care

Despite passage of the 2010 health care reform bill, employers continue to push for cuts in benefits and to shift costs to workers in higher monthly payments, co-pays, and deductibles.

Wage increases are always trumped by this costly health care monster. Some employers, in anticipation of the $2,000 annual fine for not offering health insurance, are threatening to drop coverage and instead pay the cheaper fine.

Many companies are dropping benefits for spouses, retirees, and part-timers. Current law does not stop them. Multiemployer plans are disadvantaged by the preferable treatment available to the plans of non-union employers. The 2018 excise tax will cap the ability to bargain better health benefits. Insurance companies continue to decide what doctors and hospitals workers can use.


New Keurig designed not to work with private label pods


Kroger, Meijer, Ahold and H-E-B are among the chains that will begin merchandising the new Keurig 2.0 hot beverage brewing system this week, according to a Keurig spokesperson.

The system is different from earlier iterations of Keurig brewers in that it can brew a single cup or a four-cup carafe of coffee.

The brewing system was designed to take back some of the single-serve coffee business that was lost to private-label marketers when patents on Keurig technology expired two years ago. The machine leverages anti-counterfeit technology to ensure that it's only compatible with official K-Cups, according to a CNN blog post.

Well, this should make the morning coffee thing a bit more "interesting".

UFCW, Food 4 Less reach tentative agreement

Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union employed by Food 4 Less will vote Sept. 2 on whether to accept a contract offer that was finalized early Tuesday.

The union said it will recommend the members approve the three-year agreement, which offers raises throughout the term of the agreement and leaves the employer contribution to the health and welfare fund unchanged.

The previous contract, covering approximately 6,000 employees at 100 Southern California Food 4 Less stores, expired in June.

According to Bryan Kaltenbach, president of Food 4 Less, “We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates, who will continue to have a solid and competitive compensation package.”


Beer: Taste Test How To Drink Responsibly

No one needs an excuse to drink good beer, but here's one anyhow: 2014 is the best year ever to find ecofriendly ales. Virtually nonexistent 20 years ago, green beer is now being cranked out by brewers of all sizes, from micro to mega.

"When I opened in 1996, I was barely able to find organic malt," says Ron Silberstein, who started San Francisco's ThirstyBear Brewing Co. and sits on the Good Food Awards Beer Committee. "But as more people use organic products, it has become easier to brew sustainably."

Microbreweries like ThirstyBear often have a drastically smaller carbon footprint than their giant competitors. On average, a locally brewed pint is 300 percent kinder to the planet than a bottle of beer that has traveled far. Microbrews make up just 7.8 percent of beers by volume, but the number of small breweries grew by 18 percent last year.

To even be considered for a Good Food Award, beer makers must recycle water, source locally, and not use genetically modified ingredients. To win, they have to be tasty, too.


Supreme Court may consolidate Lake right-to-work cases

INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller's appeals of two Lake County judicial rulings finding the state's right-to-work law unconstitutional appear likely to be consolidated before the cases are heard by the Indiana Supreme Court.

The Republican filed paperwork with the high court Monday concurring with a request by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, that its case — set for oral argument Sept. 4 — be combined with the recent United Steelworkers decision.

"The state agrees that these two appeals present the same constitutional issue and that principles of judicial economy therefore favor consolidation," Zoeller said.

However, Zoeller insisted his support for consolidation depends on the Supreme Court postponing the effects of Lake Circuit Judge George Paras' July 17 order, in the United Steelworkers case, declaring the labor law "null and void in its entirety" and barring the state from enforcing it.


NLRB rules against Jimmy John's franchisee

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that a Twin Cities Jimmy John’s franchisee violated the union organizing rights of six employees by firing them for publicly protesting the company’s lack of sick leave.

The decision late last week by the NLRB upholds an April 2012 ruling by a federal administrative law judge, and also calls for the six workers allied with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) to be reinstated and given back pay.


St. Louis County officer suspended over video, Glendale officer suspended for Facebook comments

Two St. Louis-area police officers have been suspended by their departments, as the unrest in Ferguson keeps intense scrutiny on the personal conduct of law enforcement officials.

A St. Louis County officer who had been assigned to the streets of Ferguson has been suspended after a Youtube video of him making incendiary comments surfaced.

A Glendale officer was also suspended Friday after comments he posted to Facebook.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said officer Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the department, has been suspended pending a review by the internal affairs unit. The video was brought to Belmar’s attention by CNN reporter Don Lemon, who had previously brought Page to the department’s attention after complaining Page shoved him.


St. Louis County police forces often don't reflect communities

About 67 percent of Ferguson’s residents are African-American, but only 7 percent of the city’s commissioned police officers are black.
That lopsided representation, brought to light after a black teen was killed by a white police officer two weeks ago, has city leaders pledging to try harder to improve race relations.

The disparity is common among communities in St. Louis County with significant black populations. Many police departments do not reflect the communities they serve.

No known agency tracks the racial makeup of police departments, so the Post-Dispatch contacted 36 St. Louis County police departments in cities where at least 10 percent of the population is African-American. In 30 of the 31 communities that responded, the percentage of black residents is higher than the proportion of black officers.


In wake of Ferguson, McCaskill plans hearings on 'militarization' of police

WASHINGTON • Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Thursday she will hold hearings sometime in September "to examine the militarization of local police departments" in the wake of the police response in Ferguson after the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson.

It will be before an oversight subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs that McCaskill chairs.

McCaskill issued a statement Thursday saying the hearing will "examine federal programs that enable local police departments to acquire military equipment, such as the Defense Department's 1033 program for surplus property and grants made through the Department of Homeland Security." Local law enforcement officials will be among the witnesses, McCaskill's office said.

McCaskill last week urged the police response in Ferguson be "de-militarized." She has declined comment, including again on Thursday, on whether she agreed with Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to call in the National Guard, which occurred after McCaskill's call to demilitarize the police response.


U.S. House in June rejected attempt to pare military equipment to local police forces

WASHINGTON • The House of Representatives in June rejected a proposal to rein in a program to send excess military equipment to local police departments. The program has been criticized in connection with police response to demonstrations in Ferguson.

Five of six members of the House from the St. Louis area voted against an amendment to a Pentagon budget bill offered by Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., which failed by a vote of 355-62. Here is an analysis by the independent campaign donations oversight group MapLight of the vote, and of defense-industry donations to members of the House.

Among the members voting against it were Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, who has been among the most vocal critics of what he calls a "militarized" police response in the aftermath of the Aug. 9 police shooting death of Michael Brown, 18.

"The scenes that we saw in Ferguson, Missouri, this past week, with a militarized police force facing down innocent protesters with sniper rifles and machine guns is totally unacceptable in America," Clay told CNN on Sunday.

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