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.
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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