labor unions

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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Labor Unions
5:46 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Labor Union Members Rally At The Mo. Capitol, Call On Lawmakers To Defeat "Anti-Worker" Bills

Around 200 labor union members rallied outside the Mo. Capitol on March 27th, 2013, voicing opposition to "anti-worker" bills in the Mo. House and Senate.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Labor union members from across Missouri descended on the State Capitol today, hoping to convince lawmakers to defeat bills they say are anti-worker.

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Mo. Senate
6:14 am
Tue March 12, 2013

After 10-Hour Block, Mo. Senate Gives First Approval To Scaled-Back Bill On Union Paycheck Rules

Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a scaled-backed version of the so-called Paycheck Protection bill.

The original bill would have barred unions from automatically withholding dues from the paychecks of public employees, but Senate Democrats spent nearly ten hours Monday night and Tuesday morning blocking the bill. The filibuster ended when the bill was changed to allow annual consent for withholding union dues from paychecks.

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Picketing Nurses
3:44 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Nurses Picket Outside SLU Hospital

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Close to 100 nurses from Saint Louis University Hospital and Des Peres Hospital picketed in the cold outside of SLU Hospital on Monday morning, saying they are required to do too much with too little staffing and insufficient equipment.

Marchelle Bettis is an RN on the trauma unit, and works with critical victims of stabbings, shootings and accidents. She says it's hard for her and her coworkers to do their jobs appropriately with the current staffing.

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Illinois State Workers
1:04 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Here's The Latest On That Possible Illinois State Workers' Union Strike

The dome of the Illinois State Capitol.
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Reporting by Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey used in this report.

It looks like an impending strike of workers in Illinois' largest government-employee union has been avoided - tentatively.

Governor Pat Quinn reached a tentative contract deal with The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) early this morning.

Officially, the union is keeping mum about what's in the contract.

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union membership
4:49 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Union Numbers Drop In Missouri, Illinois

A labor union rally in Jefferson City in March 2012. The number of Missouri workers in a union dropped two percent between 2011 and 2012.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The percentage of Missouri workers who are members of a union dropped to less than 9 percent in 2012, following two years of slight gains.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its report on Monday. It showed that 51,000 fewer Missouri workers were in a union in 2012 than 2011. The state was part of a larger national trend, but that 2 percent drop was among the largest.

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St. Louis County
10:41 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Some Contractors, Civil Rights Groups Upset About New Rules In St. Louis County

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Tuesday night the St. Louis County Council passed a new ordinance that in part requires contractors have a U.S. Department of Labor approved apprentice program.

That provision drew criticism from some civil rights groups who said it was unfairly pro-union.

“You know there are any number of minority owned contractors who are not union contractors,” said Adolphus Pruitt, president of the St. Louis branch of the NAACP.   “We’ve fought this fight a hundred times about this language and how it excludes them simply because they’re not tied to the union.”

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Collective bargaining
4:45 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court Expands Public Sector Collective Bargaining

Two rulings from the Missouri Supreme Court have strengthened collective bargaining for public employees in the state.
Credit (via Flickr/david_shane)

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that not only must public bodies like school boards and cities collectively bargain with their employee unions, but that bargaining must be done in good faith.

The Court issued two rulings Tuesday - one dealing with unionized teachers at a St. Louis charter school, and the other dealing with police officers in University City and Chesterfield who wanted to unionize.

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