labor unions

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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Paycheck protection
10:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Paycheck Protection Bill Scrutinized During Missouri House Hearing

Members of the Mo. House Cmte. on Workforce Development & Workplace Safety hear testimony on a paycheck protection bill on Feb. 3, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Republican lawmakers in Missouri are again trying to pass so-called "paycheck protection" legislation to  bar some unions from automatically withholding dues from employees.

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Lobbying
1:59 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Former House Speaker Now Lobbying Against 'Right To Work'

Former Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley is now an influential lobbyist in the state Capitol.
Credit File photo

When Republican Steve Tilley was speaker of the Missouri House, he flatly told fellow Republicans that he would not bring up any bills to make Missouri a "right-to-work" state.

At the time, Tilley said publicly that he viewed the issue as too divisive and potentially destructive to Missouri Republicans. He also discounted the arguments of "right-to-work" advocates who said that such a law would create jobs.

Now, the Missouri AFL-CIO has hired Tilley as a lobbyist to block this session’s "right-to-work" efforts of his successor, Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka.

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Right-to-Work
10:13 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Right-To-Work Bill Praised, Blasted During House Hearing

A standing-room-only crowd awaits the start of a hearing on House Bill 1099, which would make Missouri a right-to-work state.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A bill to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.

As written, the so-called "Freedom to Work Act" (House Bill 1099) would bar workers from being required to "engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices" as a condition for employment.  It's sponsored by State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield.

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Politics & Issues
12:06 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Nixon Promotes Missouri Auto Jobs During Visit To Detroit

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon joins GM officials at news conference to promote new truck.
Credit Provided by governor's office

Updated noon Monday, Jan. 13

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon joined Ford officials in Detroit on Monday to highlight the automaker’s production in Missouri, most notably its 2015 Ford F-150, which will be built at the company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo.

On Sunday, the governor had done the same thing:  He appeared with General Motors officials at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to promote the auto manufacturer’s new mid-size truck, the 2015 GMC Canyon, which is to be built in Wentzville.

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Boeing/Special session
3:58 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

STL-Area Union Leaders Agree To 24-Hour Shifts & No Overtime As Part Of Boeing Bid

Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has announced an agreement with St. Louis-area labor unions leaders designed to further entice Boeing into awarding its 777X contract to Missouri.

Nixon told reporters during a conference call Tuesday that leaders from three construction union groups have all committed to a 24-hour work schedule with no overtime pay, while constructing the facility where the new passenger jet is to be built.

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Business
2:29 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Metro Ready For Fair St. Louis, Continues New Farebox Testing

Credit St. Louis Public Radio Staff / St. Louis Public Radio

The mass transit agency Metro says buses and trains will run as usual for Fair St. Louis this week, despite the possibility of a labor strike.

Vice president of marketing and communications Dianne Williams says Metro is monitoring negotiations with its union, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788.

"We do expect to be able to serve Fair St. Louis this week," Williams said. "We will, if we're able, have extra services out on the street. We do every year for Fair St. Louis to accommodate the crowds."

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Paycheck protection
6:35 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers Send 'Paycheck Protection' Bill To Gov. Nixon

Floor of Mo. House during session
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given final passage to legislation that would limit labor unions' ability to deduct dues and fees from the paychecks of public employees.

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