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By TIM ROWDEN Managing Editor Imo’s Pizza is a St. Louis institution with its original St. Louis-style square-cut pizza advertised as “The square beyond compare!” But Painters District Council 58 Business Agent Otto Schoenberg (Local 115) says Imo’s convoluted use of union painters on large corporate projects – like its new headquarters location on N. 17th Street in downtown St. Louis –...
BY SHERI GASSAWAY Correspondent Laborers Local 110, its members and retirees teamed up to feed the hungry by donating a total of 6,155 pounds of food – more than three tons – and $8,396 in cash to local food pantries. The largest gift went to the Arnold Food Pantry, which serves residents in Arnold and in portions of Imperial, Fenton and South...
By CARL GREEN Illinois Correspondent Springfield, IL – Illinois child welfare worker Deidre Silas, 36, a member of AFSCME Local 805 (part of AFSCME Council 31), was stabbed to death on Jan. 4 during a home visit south of Springfield, authorities said. Silas, an investigator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), was conducting a welfare check on children...
I remember you as an adequate, if undistinguished, St. Louis County police chief. Now, as an elected public official, you have become a menace to public health. You and other Republicans on the St. Louis County Council and in Jefferson City refuse to help protect us from a deadly virus. Last night ( Jan. 6, 2022) as you again voted against a...
While the prices of everyday goods are going up, we’ve heard a dizzying array of explanations for inflation. Republicans are blaming Biden’s policies for putting too much money into the hands of working families. Corporate leaders are blaming workers that want better pay and working conditions.  Economists blame consumers’ expectation of inflation as a self-fulfilling prophecy altering consumer attitudes...
By EVERETT KELLEY President American Federation of Government Employees Unions rarely have been more popular than they are today, but anti-union labor laws are keeping union membership numbers artificially low by making it harder for workers who want to form or join a union to do so. Indeed, a 2021 Gallup poll found that 68 percent of Americans approve of Labor unions —...
By JOHN RUSSO Georgetown University Youngstown, OH (PAI) – I have always been skeptical of the use of labor statistics. In 2009, I began to write in Working-Class Perspectives about the de facto jobless rate, because official reports on the unemployment rate in Youngstown left out much of the story. Drawing on traditional Bureau of Labor Statistics data as well as comparative studies from...
ST. LOUIS LABOR COUNCIL President Pat White (on stage) swore in two new delegates at the Council’s Dec. 16 meeting. They are (from left) Service Employees (SEIU) Local 1’s Eugene Hubbard and Stagehands (IATSE) Local 6’s Chris Scalise. – Christine Brame/St. Louis Labor Council photo  
The St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has named Kyle McKenna executive vice president. NECA represents more than 150 electrical and communications contractors located in eastern Missouri. All NECA contractors are signatory to collective bargaining agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). NECA partners with IBEW Local 1to form the Electrical Connection. A Labor and...
Earth City, MO – Tawna Hill (second from left), a familiar face in the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 Health and Welfare Office, is retiring from her 16-year career with the Local. Wishing her well is (from left) Brian Nichols, Local 562 president/assistant business manager; Hill; John O’Mara, Local 562 business manager; and Mark Collom, Local 562 director of...