Teamster leadership hammers through UPS contract despite mass opposition by members

Atlanta, GA – On April 23, the leadership of the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters (IBT) announced that the concessionary national UPS contract will go into effect this Friday, April 25. The contract – the single largest collective bargaining agreement in the country – was overwhelmingly opposed by Teamster members in Philadelphia, Western Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky, who voted down their local supplements and riders twice

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UH Admin Thinks First Amendment Has Expired “Administrators further clarified t…

UH Admin Thinks First Amendment Has Expired “Administrators further clarified their level of respect for students’ free speech rights, making comments like, “This isn’t really the ’60s anymore,” and “people can’t really protest like that anymore,” according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

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The Politics of Pachamama: Natural Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America

On the conflicts between the politics of extraction of natural resources among countries led by leftist governments in Latin America, and the politics of Pachamama (Mother Earth), and how indigenous movements have resisted extractivism in defense of their rights, land and the environment.

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#NETmundial, Tweets from São Paulo, Brazil

Here we share some Storify stories that sum up what happened on the first day of NETmundial , the conference on the future of Internet governance in São Paulo, Brazil (April 23 and 24, 2014). In English: – @APC_News : #NETmundial officially kicks off   – First impressions of #NETmundial .

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“With threats of fines or threats of being beaten, the government is trying to s…

“With threats of fines or threats of being beaten, the government is trying to stigmatise and criminalise people who are just practising their rights.” (Sounds like G20meetings in Toronto, criminalization of protest in Montreal, the tactics of the Western administration . . .) Spain restricting people’s right to protest, Amnesty report finds www.theguardian.com Report paints picture of heavy-handed government response to country’s growing social movements

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The DFO has “pushed things to a boiling point” for the Stz’uminus First Nation

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has “pushed things to a boiling point” for the Stz’uminus First Nation, which is warning it will be taking whatever action is needed to reclaim an important fishery. The nation has promised to regain its rights to geoduck harvesting in Kulleet Bay with or without the DFO, following five years of unsuccessful consultation that has left Stz’uminus leadership exasperated. The Kulleet Bay fishery directly fronting the nation’s reserve near Ladysmith is in demand as a prime harvesting spot for valuable shellfish and other marine resources

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Wash U Sit-In Enters Historic 3rd Week: Peabody Moment of Truth Arrives

by Jeff Biggers / Eco Watch In an emerging public relations nightmare for Washington University officials, the  sit-in against Peabody Energy ties  entered a historic third week, as students continued to press demands after a faltering  statement  released yesterday by Chancellor Mark Wrighton. “We want to make it clear that we are not satisfied with this statement,” the  Wash U Students Against Peabody  countered. “We plan to continue to pressure Chancellor Wrighton and Provost Thorp until they end Washington University’s relationship with Peabody.” Let’s face it: With growing national media attention, growing outrage over Peabody violations, and growing plans for nationwide rallies against Peabody on its shareholders meeting on  May 8 , the moment of truth for the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees about Peabody’s toxic relationship with Washington University has arrived

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Brazil’s ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ a Victory for Web Freedom. Tim Berners-Lee, F…

Brazil’s ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ a Victory for Web Freedom. Tim Berners-Lee, Father of the Internet, says law will ‘unleash a new era—in which the rights of citizens in all countries are protected by a Digital Rights Charter’ Brazil’s ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ a Victory for Web Freedom www.commondreams.org Brazil President Dilma Rousseff signed into law the first ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ at the NETmundial conference in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

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Video shows mentally ill man shot by Dallas police
Video shows mentally ill man shot by Dallas police Video shows mentally ill man shot by Dallas police

Video shows mentally ill man shot by Dallas police Know your rights when talking to a police officer: Never talk to police officer without a lawyer, even when you’re not un. Know your rights when talking to a.

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A Masturbation Lawsuit Is Rattling Christian Homeschoolers

Doug Phillips, the former head of Vision Forum Ministries, is being sued by a former follower who claims he used her as his “personal sex slave.” Photo by Vision Forum via Facebook Last fall, Douglas Phillips, a fundamentalist Christian homeschooling guru and leading proponent of the “Biblical Patriarchy” movement, shocked his followers by publicly admitting that he had a relationship with a woman other than his wife, and subsequently shuttered his popular—and lucrative—Vision Forum ministries. Given that philandering religious leaders are a dime a dozen, the story seemed pretty unremarkable at the time. Sure, it was sad news for Phillips and his fundamentalist friends, an illustrious circle that included Kirk Cameron , Creationist talking head Ken Ham , and the Duggar vagina militia

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