St. Louis, MO – Boeing will lay off 260 union workers in St. Louis.
The company said today their jobs will end June 20.
Spokesman Jim Bafarro says the job originally were planned two years ago because of modernization at the St. Louis plants, and were supposed to come through attrition. But Bafarro says the retirement rate has declined, so the layoffs are necessary.
The layoffs are scattered across various production lines, affecting four different unions. No additional layoffs are planned this year.
St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis-based pilots for American Airlines are learning who may soon lose jobs. The union is holding meetings this week in St. Louis and around the country to explain contract changes aimed at preventing American's bankruptcy.
The concessions could mean layoffs for as many as 700 St. Louis-based pilots. Union members will vote next week whether to accept the proposals.
Jefferson City, Mo. – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was in Jefferson City Wednesday to testify against a measure that would lift the residency requirement for St. Louis Police.
Proposals in the House and Senate would allow police to live wherever they want. Slay says the state should not get involved in city affairs city voters supported the requirement 2:1 in a 1995 referendum.
St. Louis, Mo. – Police and the FBI hope to learn more about Tuesday night's crash of a small plane into the Mississippi River near the Gateway Arch and McKinley Bridge.
Two pilots on board, Saleem Iqbal and Mohammed Saleh, are both hospitalized.
Because the nation is under orange alert, and because bridges and national monuments have been mentioned as possible terrorism targets, police and the FBI say they're taking extra precautions. But city officials say they have NO indication the crash was linked to terrorism.
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois State Senators voted Tuesday to raise the state's minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.50 an hour over the next two years.
The increase would apply to adults. The state's Labor Department would set the wage for people under 18. The measure's sponsor, Chicago Democrat Kimberly Lightford, says she could not get enough votes to impose the full increase all at once.
Washington, D.C. – As Iraqi resistance to coalition forces continues to wear away, the US is starting to shift focus towards rebuilding the country once the fighting ends.
Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin says he believes Congress will play an advisory role to President Bush in that effort, and that it's his hope that coalition partners, not the United Nations, will aid the reconstruction.