labor unions http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 'Right To Work' Hits Snag In Missouri House, Not Enough Votes To Move To Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/right-work-hits-snag-missouri-house-not-enough-votes-move-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">'Right-to-work' legislation in the Missouri House hit a snag Wednesday.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:00:40 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35187 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Right To Work' Hits Snag In Missouri House, Not Enough Votes To Move To Senate Union Workers Rally At Missouri Capitol Against 'Right To Work' Legislation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/union-workers-rally-missouri-capitol-against-right-work-legislation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Roughly a thousand labor union members crowded onto the south lawn of the state Capitol Wednesday to rally against legislation to turn Missouri into a "right-to-work" state.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:08:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34770 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Union Workers Rally At Missouri Capitol Against 'Right To Work' Legislation Jefferson Cowie On Economic Inequality, Organized Labor And The Working Class http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/jefferson-cowie-economic-inequality-organized-labor-and-working-class <p>Jefferson Cowie is a professor in Cornell University’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations teaching courses in labor relations, law and history.&nbsp; His most recent book, <em>Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class</em> served as inspiration for Rebecca Gilman’s play, “Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976” which is now playing at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.&nbsp; While Cowie was in St. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 02:43:40 +0000 Mary Edwards 34494 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Jefferson Cowie On Economic Inequality, Organized Labor And The Working Class Paycheck Protection Bill Scrutinized During Missouri House Hearing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/paycheck-protection-bill-scrutinized-during-missouri-house-hearing <p>Republican lawmakers in Missouri are again trying to pass so-called "paycheck protection" legislation to&nbsp; bar some unions from automatically withholding dues from employees.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 04:00:34 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33453 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Paycheck Protection Bill Scrutinized During Missouri House Hearing Former House Speaker Now Lobbying Against 'Right To Work' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-house-speaker-now-lobbying-against-right-work <p>When Republican Steve Tilley was speaker of the Missouri House, he flatly told fellow Republicans that he would not bring up any bills to make Missouri a "right-to-work" state.</p><p>At the time, Tilley said publicly that he viewed the issue as too divisive and potentially destructive to Missouri Republicans. He also discounted the arguments of "right-to-work" advocates who said that such a law would create jobs.</p><p>Now, the Missouri AFL-CIO has hired Tilley as a lobbyist to block this session’s "right-to-work" efforts of his successor, Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:59:21 +0000 Jo Mannies 33391 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Former House Speaker Now Lobbying Against 'Right To Work' Right-To-Work Bill Praised, Blasted During House Hearing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/right-work-bill-praised-blasted-during-house-hearing <p>A bill to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As written, t</span>he so-called "Freedom to Work Act" (House Bill 1099) would bar workers from being required to "engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices" as a condition for employment.&nbsp; <span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's sponsored by State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:13:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin 32993 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Right-To-Work Bill Praised, Blasted During House Hearing Nixon Promotes Missouri Auto Jobs During Visit To Detroit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-promotes-missouri-auto-jobs-during-visit-detroit <p><em><strong>Updated noon Monday, Jan. <em>13</em></strong></em></p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon joined Ford officials in Detroit on Monday to highlight the automaker’s production in Missouri, most notably its <span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">2015 Ford F-150, which will be built at the company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo</span>.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:06:16 +0000 Jo Mannies 32961 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Promotes Missouri Auto Jobs During Visit To Detroit STL-Area Union Leaders Agree To 24-Hour Shifts & No Overtime As Part Of Boeing Bid http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-area-union-leaders-agree-24-hour-shifts-no-overtime-part-boeing-bid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Jay Nixon (D) has announced an agreement with St. Louis-area labor unions leaders designed to further entice <a href="http://www.boeing.com/boeing/">Boeing</a> into awarding its 777X contract to Missouri.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nixon told reporters during a conference call Tuesday that leaders from three construction union groups have all committed to a 24-hour work schedule with no overtime pay, while constructing the facility where the new passenger jet is to be built.</span></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:58:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin 31919 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL-Area Union Leaders Agree To 24-Hour Shifts & No Overtime As Part Of Boeing Bid Metro Ready For Fair St. Louis, Continues New Farebox Testing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-ready-fair-st-louis-continues-new-farebox-testing <p>The mass transit agency Metro says buses and trains will run as usual for Fair St. Louis this week, despite the possibility of a labor strike.</p><p>Vice president of marketing and communications Dianne Williams says Metro is monitoring negotiations&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">with its union, the </span><a href="http://www.atu.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">Amalgamated Transit Union</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Local 788.</span></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:29:13 +0000 Kristi Luther 27875 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro Ready For Fair St. Louis, Continues New Farebox Testing Missouri Lawmakers Send 'Paycheck Protection' Bill To Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-send-paycheck-protection-bill-gov-nixon <P>The <A href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=133">Missouri House</A> has given final passage to legislation that would limit labor unions' ability to deduct dues and fees from the paychecks of public employees.</P> <P><A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=16944749">Senate Bill 29</A> would require unions to get written permission every year to deduct dues from paychecks.&nbsp; While it would only apply to public employees, unions for first responders would be exempt.&nbsp; Unions would also have to get permission to use d Mon, 13 May 2013 23:35:56 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26361 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Lawmakers Send 'Paycheck Protection' Bill To Gov. Nixon