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Students from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University donated their supplies of personal protective equipment.
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St. Louis-area trade groups are asking workers to donate their stores of personal protective equipment to medical workers to protect them from COVID-19. 

Nurses and doctors at St. Louis hospitals have sounded the alarm about a limited amount of masks, gloves and other protective gear. A surge in global demand has depleted the supply, and many front-line medical workers worry that they won’t have equipment to keep from contracting the virus from sick patients. 

Retired St. Louis labor leader Bob Kelley, who died Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Bob Kelley, the retired longtime president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, died Saturday of heart failure at the age of 75.

He resided in St. Charles and had been ill for some time.

Kelley led the council for 29 years, until he retired in 2004. During that time, he was a major regional figure in the labor movement, in civic affairs and in politics.  

He was active in Democratic politics and was a national committeeman from 1984-1992. He was a Missouri delegate to the presidential convention in 1992 that nominated then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 25, 2011 - The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has dropped its neutrality on the effort to make Missouri a right-to-work state -- a fact that may ratchet up the tensions between labor leaders fighting the effort, and politicians seeking to pass it. The chamber now is backing the effort; the state AFL-CIO says it's not surprised.

One of the region's most significant contests on the Aug. 3 ballot is also, according to some political insiders, one of the most ignored.

Voters in Jefferson County will take the first step toward electing their first-ever county executive and a seven-member County Council. After the November elections, the county will formally do away with its old form of county-commission government and follow through with the dictates of the new charter the county voters approved in 2008.

LETTER: Fairness for Boeing

Jun 24, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 24, 2009 - The Greater St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO and U.S. Sens. Christopher "Kit" Bond and Claire McCaskill deserve high praise for making people aware that the Pentagon's cuts to the C-17 and F/A-18 programs could eliminate 16,000 good-paying local jobs 

Similarly, if the Pentagon outsources its $100 billion tanker aircraft contract to the French aerospace company EADS, an additional 44,000 U.S. jobs could be lost.