labor unions

Minority Participation
6:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Update: Session 1 Of St. Louis Building Trade Diversity Effort Complete

Five of the original 12 participants in the first session of BUD listen intently to their instructor on the first day of training October 6, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

The first session of the Building Union Diversity, or BUD, initiative has finished. It’s a new effort to increase diversity in St. Louis building and construction unions. Program organizers say efforts are now underway to connect participants to employers.

The initiative is an eight-week pre-apprenticeship program organized by seven St. Louis unions, with funding and recruitment provided by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment.

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Reducing Disparity
9:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Will New Effort To Diversify Construction Industry Be A Success?

Engineer Ramona Tumblin-Rucker speaks with construction worker Richard Schafer at the job site of a BJC HealthCare garage.
Credit courtesy BJC HealthCare

In his 35 years as president of the St. Louis chapter of the Coalition for Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Lew Moye has seen a lot of initiatives to increase diversity in construction.

There have been agreements to include minorities in specific projects, such as building the Edward Jones Dome and expanding Interstate 64.

And there have been protests demanding greater minority representation, such as the 1999 shutdown of I-70, where Reverend Al Sharpton led minority contractors in a call for more state highway jobs.

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Economy & Innovation
5:38 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

St. Louis Fast Food Workers Join Strikes Around U.S.

St. Louis area fast food workers will travel to other cities to strike in demand of higher wages the right to join the union. It is part of an ongoing series of strikes, including this strike in south St. Louis earlier this summer.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Many St. Louis fast food workers will walk off the job Thursday as part of a national call for a $15-an-hour wage and for union rights.

National organizers behind #StrikeFastFood say workers in more than 100 cities will strike, but St. Louis workers won’t be picketing here.

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Job Training
10:03 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

St. Louis Apprenticeship Program Gets National Attention

An example of the work done by floor layer apprentices in the ceramic phase of their training.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

 

In a quest to make job training count, the Obama administration is taking an interest in work-based apprenticeships. A St. Louis program is serving as a model for the administration.

The White House is highlighting about 40 programs across the country that are doing it right under the so-called Ready to Work Initiative. Only one such program in Missouri has made the list, the St. Louis Carpenter Union’s Mid-Apprenticeship Program.  

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What is a state employee?
6:27 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Case Striking Illinois Requirement That Home-Health Workers Pay Dues May Only Apply In That State

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan criticized the court ruling.
Credit Wikipedia | government photo

In a case from Illinois that may not reach outside that state, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Pamela Harris, whose child’s disabilities required that he have around-the-clock care. She became his home health worker and objected to having to pay union dues that she thought reduced the amount of money she had to care for her child.

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Unionized Labor
3:59 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Supermarket Union Approves Contract, Maintains Benefits

Credit UFCW Local 655

Union workers at area Schnucks, Dierbergs, and Shop'n Save ratified a three-year contract with the supermarkets late Wednesday night. Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 voted 1,641 to 662 to approve the contract at the Family Arena in St. Charles following a meeting of employees from the three companies.

The contract, which covers roughly 9,000 members working at 104 stores and pharmacies in the area, allows for a $0.60 wage increase over the life of the contract and includes no overall reduction in benefits.

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Minimum Wage Debate
6:41 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

St. Louis Fast Food Workers Join The Global Strike For $15 An Hour

Fast-food workers protested outside the Wendy's on Gravois Road in south St. Louis as part of an international strike pushing for higher wages.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Fast food workers around the globe and in St. Louis went on strike Thursday. Workers, wearing black T-shirts that say "Show Me $15," rallied in front of a Wendy's in south St. Louis. The workers are asking for $15 an hour, about double what many workers currently receive. 

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Right to Work
10:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

'Right To Work' Hits Snag In Missouri House, Not Enough Votes To Move To Senate

Floor of the Missouri House
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

'Right-to-work' legislation in the Missouri House hit a snag Wednesday.

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Labor Unions
7:08 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Union Workers Rally At Missouri Capitol Against 'Right To Work' Legislation

An estimate 1,000 union workers turned out on March 26, 2014, to oppose "right to work" efforts by Republican lawmakers.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Roughly a thousand labor union members crowded onto the south lawn of the state Capitol Wednesday to rally against legislation to turn Missouri into a "right-to-work" state.

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St. Louis on the Air
9:43 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Jefferson Cowie On Economic Inequality, Organized Labor And The Working Class

St. Louis workers on strike to raise the minimum wage.
Erin Williams / St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson Cowie is a professor in Cornell University’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations teaching courses in labor relations, law and history.  His most recent book, Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class served as inspiration for Rebecca Gilman’s play, “Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976” which is now playing at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.  While Cowie was in St.

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