St. Louis fast-food workers are walking off the job Monday, July 29, in a 24-hour strike to protest low wages. Headed by STL735 ("Can't survive on $7.35"), around 100 workers from McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, White Castle, Jimmy John's, Papa Johns, Arby's and more are expected to strike this af ... More >>
It was with a heavy heart (and a sweet tooth of nostalgia) that I read news yesterday of Hostess Brands closing its St. Louis bakery. Apparently the maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies is in bankruptcy (How is that possible? Are we not still a nation of fat asses?!) and has promised to close any bake ... More >>
The St. Louis Symphony will continue to make uninterrupted, beautiful music through August of 2017, thanks to the presstisimo fashion in which the members of American Federation of Musicians local 2-197 approved their new contract. The current contract doesn't expire for another 14 months.
Illinois' budget woes have placed heavy constrictions on the state's higher education system, putting professors' contracts in jeopardy and portending layoffs. The situation is nearing the boiling point at Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus, where yesterday a fourth faculty union vot ... More >>
city-data.comBricklayers' handiwork accents a typical St. Louis street.St. Louis is renowned for its brick architecture, but don't expect to see a lot of new masonry going up in the immediate future. That's because as of 12 a.m. yesterday, the 1,000 members of Bricklayers Local 1 are on strike. T ... More >>
Image sourceHow the great strike ended.Did you know that St. Louis was once in danger of falling into the hands of the Commies? Yep, it's true. Back in July of 1877, workers in St. Louis, led by the Marxist Workingman's Party, organized the first general strike in American history. For six gl ... More >>
Image viaLumiere Place employees get the last laugh in labor disputeIt's been a roller-coaster of a year so far for Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment. First the Missouri Gaming Commission revoked their license for the President Casino. Then they opened the fancy new River City Casino in Lema ... More >>
Horse racing fans celebrated yesterday like a gambler who just hit the daily double. A last-minute deal was reached to allow Fairmount Park to host 52 days of live racing in 2010, as opposed to the three days the track was stuck with after a prolonged labor dispute.It's not exactly a full schedule ... More >>
Man, A-B's rough year continues. Bud Light is no longer the world's best-selling beer. Meet Snow. (Guardian) Going to the U.K.? Order your meat well-done. British meat inspectors vote to strike! (Guardian) Another death in an eating competition, albeit a decidedly amateur one. Amateur competition, ... More >>
Tainted meat kills one and sickens more in Canada. Listeriosis is to blame. (UPI) A different kind of labor dispute at the Iowa Kosher-meat slaughterhouse raided by immigration authorities earlier this year. (AP) Cupcake-craze haters will appreciate this: One cupcake bar sues another over...sprink ... More >>
Chesterfield's Paul Guyot feels isolated from his fellow picketers in Hollywood.
The cost of pasta in Italy is rising, and consumers are pissed. (Guardian) Italian consumer groups have called a one-day strike against buying pasta in protest at the increasing costs that have seen its price rise by almost 20%. The groups are angry that, while the price of ingredients such as whe ... More >>
Ever hear the one about the unions and the convention bureau?
10 p.m. Thursday, March 29. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 South Broadway).
The arrival of a brilliant conductor was drowned out by labor discord. Now the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra begins a new season -- with some strings attached.
Fight off the November chill with this extra-sizzlin' edition of Unreal (once we put our clothes back on, we'll check in with the Sanford-Brown Indians, pick up a few local papers and have our groceries bagged by inmates)
Week of November 5, 2003
Managers park semis, regulars get crabby and allegations fly
KMOX radio finds talk is cheap and news isn't
Sam Hamm writes great scripts. So why do they rarely get made?