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Partial Work Stoppage at City Schools

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – A partial work stoppage at St. Louis schools Monday left some schools without food, water, or lights.

Many custodians and cafeteria workers called in sick to protest labor contracts. They say they're worried some custodians might lose their jobs, as well.

The district's interim superintendent, William Roberti, says support workers need to go to work Tuesday or they could face consequences.

It's the latest development in a hitherto chaotic school year. An outside management team, Alvarez and Marsal, and the school board have come under fire because of decisions to close 16 schools and lay off more than a thousand workers. Officials say the moves were necessary to help eliminate a huge debt.

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