St. Louis – By a wide margin Tuesday, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 655 rejected a new contract with three St. Louis-area grocery store chains: Schnucks, Dierbergs and Shop-and-Save.
Union President Bob Kelley said a strike vote is scheduled for Tuesday.
"If two-thirds of the members vote to go on strike, we will begin to have a strike at one or more of these operators in the St. Louis-area," Kelley said.
St. Louis, MO – Ballots are being counted today on a new contract for St. Louis area supermarket workers. Officials with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 655 say results are expected late this afternoon.
More than 10,000 employees of Schnucks, Dierbergs and Shop and Save are part of the union whose contract expired June 15th.
The proposed contract will cover a 47-month period.
Jefferson City, MO – State political parties could have to campaign on slimmer budgets, or look for new sources of money, if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a federal law.
The law stops national parties from raking in large, unregulated campaign donations.
A government watchdog group says a six-year study of Missouri and 12 other states finds that national parties supplied nearly one-third of the money their state-level parties used to directly aid state-level candidates.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of a convicted triple murderer.
The court today reversed the death sentence of Deandra Buchanan, and sentenced the Columbia man to life in prison.
Jurors convicted Buchanan of the November 2000 slayings of his aunt, stepfather and girlfriend, but could not agree on whether he deserved death or life in prison. So Boone County Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton sentenced him to death.
St. Louis, MO – Pope John Paul II named 31 new cardinals on Sunday; the only American in the group is outgoing St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali. Cardinal-elect Rigali was in Kansas City when the pope made the announcement. He told reporters there it was a great honor.
St. Louis archdiocese vicar general Monsignor Richard Stika says Rigali will be remembered in St. Louis as a strong backer of Catholic education, and for a number of other reasons: