Jake Hummel

Missouri Labor
6:28 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Missouri AFL-CIO Chooses New Leaders, Both From St. Louis Area

Mike Louis
Credit Missouri AFL-CIO

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.

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.

“It’s a new day,’’ said Louis, 60, in an  interview Tuesday, just hours after his official election by the state labor union’s executive board.

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4:01 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Report On 'Public Cost Of Low-Wage Jobs' Sparks Response In St. Louis

Minister Martin Rafanan stands next to the oversized check for $7 billion dollars that represented the amount that taxpayers have to pay to support public assistance programs that are used by many fast food workers.
Erin Williams St. Louis Public Radio

Fast food workers and supporters held a press conference today in response to a recent report from the University of California-Berkeley.

The report stated that the low wages of fast-food workers cost the public $7 billion a year in public assistance.

Gathered in front of an area McDonald’s, employees took turns talking about their experiences struggling to raise families and covering medical costs on their salaries.

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