Jake Hummel http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri AFL-CIO Chooses New Leaders, Both From St. Louis Area http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-afl-cio-chooses-new-leaders-both-st-louis-area <p>For the first time in 18 years, the Missouri AFL-CIO has all new leadership at the top. And both new leaders are from the St. Louis area.</p><p>New president Mike Louis of St. Charles says renewed energy will be needed to block “relentess’’ attacks against labor unions and the middle class by some conservative Missouri legislators.</p><p>“It’s a new day,’’ said Louis, 60, in an&nbsp; interview Tuesday, just hours after his official election by the state labor union’s executive board.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:28:07 +0000 Jo Mannies 37701 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri AFL-CIO Chooses New Leaders, Both From St. Louis Area Report On 'Public Cost Of Low-Wage Jobs' Sparks Response In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-public-cost-low-wage-jobs-sparks-response-st-louis <p>Fast food workers and supporters held a press conference today in response to <a href="http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/publiccosts/fastfoodpovertywages.shtml">a recent report </a>from the University of California-Berkeley.</p><p>The report stated that the low wages of fast-food workers cost the public $7 billion a year in public assistance.</p><p>Gathered in front of an area McDonald&rsquo;s, employees took turns talking about their experiences struggling to raise families and covering medical costs on their salaries.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:01:28 +0000 Erin Williams 30680 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report On 'Public Cost Of Low-Wage Jobs' Sparks Response In St. Louis