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Jan. 21, 1974
A four-day strike by 2,000 postal workers at the New Jersey Bulk and Foreign Mail Center in Jersey City began on this date. The “Battle of the Bulk” was caused by postal management’s unilateral changes in workers’ hours and working conditions. The wildcat strike was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”. A federal judge ruled in the union’s favor, directing management to settle the issue through binding arbitration. Union Communication Services

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Secret TPP Deal Would Void Democracy
Posted On: Jul 09, 2013

July 9, 2013 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | Congress will soon debate whether to "fast track" a trade deal that would make job-killers like NAFTA look puny. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would give corporations the right to sue national governments if they passed any law, regulation, or court ruling interfering with a corporation's "expected future profits." They could also sue over local or state laws they didn't like. The TPP would cover 40% of the world's economy. Existing laws and regulations on food safety, environmental protection, drug prices, local contracting, and internet freedom would all be up for challenge. And the decision-makers on such suits would not be local judges and juries; they'd be affiliated with the World Bank, an institution dedicated to corporate interests. Can it be stopped? Continue reading here. Related: TPP is bad for the economy, bad for workers and bad for the environment.


 
 
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