Nearly 100 activists rallied for immigration reform outside the federal courthouse in St. Louis this morning, calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on a new immigration reform bill (HR 15.)
The bipartisan bill passed the Senate this summer and includes a pathway to citizenship and tougher border security, but has yet to be brought to a vote in the House.
Minister Martin Rafanan stands next to the oversized check for $7 billion that represented the amount that taxpayers have to pay to support public assistance programs that are used by many fast food workers at a protest on October 15th.
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St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones (right) thanks fast food workers for testifying at today's hearing.
St. Louis leaders, advocates and fast-food workers met today at City Hall to discuss how low wages impact fast-food workers and taxpayers.
The hearing was organized by Jobs with Justice’s Workers’ Rights Board and featured testimony from workers about the realities of living with low wages. Several of them spoke about how, despite their work, they still rely on government programs to get by.
Registered nurses at Des Peres Hospital have successfully negotiated their first contract as members of a union.
The Des Peres nurses joined the National Nurses Organizing Committee in 2012. The deal ratified on Thursday adjusts job security protections, bars mandatory overtime, and establishes a committee of nurses to work with hospital management to improve patient care. The agreement also provides for wage increases and secures the nurses’ employer-paid health coverage.
After more than 15 years of advocating for the land where the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers meet, the Confluence Partnership is ending.
The Confluence Partnership began with five organizations working together to protect and promote land around the confluence. Over the years, the Confluence Partnership has worked with dozens of nonprofits and government agencies on projects ranging from river cleanups to land acquisition.