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Taken on 041320 outside St. Louis University Hospital during the coronavirus outbreak, just ahead of the peak.
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As a therapy technician, Amy Jones doesn’t work directly with COVID-19 patients, but last month she was exposed to the coronavirus while helping another patient get out of bed. 

Soon after, Jones’ supervisor at St. Louis University Hospital told her that the patient tested positive for the virus, and that Jones would have to self-quarantine for two weeks. Jones, who is African American, immediately thought of her husband, who has diabetes, and about reports that black people are dying at higher rates from the coronavirus.

“Mentally, I was losing my mind, but I have to keep it together because of my kids and my grandkids — and my husband,” she said.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced the plan for a $15 hourly wage for the lowest paid county employees on Jan. 30, 2020.
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Updated on Jan. 31 with new information on negotions between SEIU Local 1 and contractors.

The janitorial bargaining team representing SEIU Local 1 has reached a tentative agreement with Clean-Tech, the contractor that employs the union's members to clean buildings around metro St. Louis, including St. Louis County government buildings. The union is not releasing details, but members will vote on whether to accept the tentative agreement in the coming days.

Original Story from Jan. 30:

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced Thursday a proposal to raise some county government employees’ hourly wages to $15 by 2022. 

Officials estimate that implementing the change will cost $2.9 million over a three-year period. The pay will be increased incrementally starting with $13 for 2020. Page said the change will take several months to take effect.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport. August 2018
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A new plan for civil service employees at St. Louis Lambert International Airport aims to alleviate fears about what will happen to jobs if the city leases the airport to a private operator.

The preliminary program, developed by the St. Louis Airport Advisory Working Group, lays out three options for the 550 city employees at the airport: They could stay on with a five-year job guarantee under the private operator, apply with preference for another city job or stay in their current position during a two-year transition period.