Faculty members at Harris-Stowe State University have voted to unionize, making the troubled school the first university in Missouri to do so. And fat bonuses to administrators, as well as big payoffs to "consultants," might be the reason it happened. The measure passed with 79 percent of the facul ... More >>
Bazillionaire free-market activist Rex Sinquefield has again gotten some national ink, this time in the Wall Street Journal. He was the subject of the yesterday's "Weekend Interview", in which he said he's put on hold his dream of replacing income taxes with sales taxes in Missouri because vot ... More >>
Photos: Tony D'SouzaOccupy STL protesters march to the MLK Bridge yesterday afternoon.If city officials thought that last weekend's forced eviction of Occupy St. Louis' tent encampment from Kiener Plaza would spell the end of the movement, they were mistaken. Yesterday nearly 1,000 Occupy support ... More >>
Photo: Brian VillaToday's march promises to be several times larger than Occupy STL's first demonstration (above) on October 1.Several hundred -- perhaps as many as a thousand -- union workers are expected to join members of the Occupy St. Louis movement this afternoon for a massive march through ... More >>
Teachers' rights to bargain collectively in Missouri are now headed to the state supreme court.Are Missouri school boards required to collectively bargain with unions representing their faculties -- and, even more importantly, to do so in good faith?That's the question now heading to the Missouri ... More >>
via http://www.wpclipart.com/Feel like stoking your class envy this morning? The AFL-CIO has a tool for you -- a database of CEO pay. And it's pretty awesome appalling.Seriously, the stats the union has compiled here are enough to turn even the most enthusiastic capitalist into a Marx-spouting le ... More >>
7-11 freaks out at the prospect of a Slurpee Summit. USA Today reports that the company got really excited when President Obama suggested the possibility of a "Slurpee summit" with the new Republican leadership. They've contacted the White House and offered to cater the summit. A new ad campaign wil ... More >>
It's definitely not fair to say that donations from local unions and their counterparts in Washington, D.C., will even the playing field with Rex Sinquefield. The St. Louis zillionaire has already donated an astonishing $10.8 million toward his campaign to force a vote on earnings taxes in St. Louis ... More >>
Not all organic eggs are created equal. Mother Jones looks at organic factory egg farms, which have been investigated by the Cornucopia Institute, an organic foods advocacy group. They've filed a complaint against farms for violating organic standards, and exposes the eleven major organic egg produc ... More >>
Kase WickmanProtestors at Monday's rally outside Express Scripts' headquarters near UMSL For the last four days, two massive tour buses carrying 50 unionized employees of Express Scripts, Inc.'s Bensalem, Penn. facility have been rolling toward St. Louis. Monday afternoon, they gathered outside t ... More >>
An officer with a local union has been booted from a federally-funded work site -- for passing out KKK propaganda on the job.Recruiting for the KKK can get you fired.The man, an officer with the Local 53 chapter of the Laborers International Union of North America, has not been named. But Adolphu ... More >>
The union leader accused of passing out pro-KKK business cards on a St. Louis job site didn't just get booted from the job, as we reported this morning -- the union has just confirmed that they've also removed him from a leadership role.Pro-KKK literature cost one man his leadership position at a lo ... More >>
A board member for a local union has been distributing promotional material for the KKK on a St. Louis County job site, officials with the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP alleged this morning.One T-shirt featured on www.kkk.comAdolphus Pruitt, the NAACP's vice chair for legal redress, tell ... More >>
Terry Nelson drops the hammer on his carpenter colleagues.The head of the St. Louis Carpenters' District Council of Greater St. Louis is making waves for comments he recently made in the press, blaming his members for being unproductive and contributing to ever-growing construction costs in the r ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsNegotiations between the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's corporate parent and the local union that represents the paper's staff have so deteriorated that union officials have agreed to free up $500,000 in union assets for tarring and feathering. The St. Louis Newspaper Guild is n ... More >>
Just got off the phone with Lanny Brooks, director of the Illinois Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association. He confirmed the early reports that Fairmount Park will indeed host 52 days of horse racing in 2010, a full schedule.Image ViaThe announcement was made official at a 1:30 p.m. pres ... More >>
Four. That's the number of state union workers at the Fairmount Park racetrack in Collinsville who are at odds with the Illinois Racing Board.Three. That's how many days of racing the track will be limited to in 2010 -- April 27, 30, and May 1 -- if the dispute isn't resolved by February 1.Hundreds. ... More >>
So many Ass Clowns this week. So little time. You know how to play: Vote for the local newsmaker you think made the biggest idiot of themselves this week. And the nominees...1. Kenneth Gladney: Gladney is the man whose attorney David Brown says was selling flags at a health care forum last month ... More >>
"This project is moving along great, and that's because of the Labor Union and all the organized trades that have all played their part." Wait a second! That's the radio ad for the labor union! I've been brainwashed. Could it be because the radio spot runs every ten minutes during Cardinals games!? ... More >>
Only a month after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch laid off eighteen staffers, another eighteen heads are said to be on the chopping block today.
www.allposters.com Casting our net far and wide this Friday morning... Cheers star Ted Danson would like you to conserve the ocean's resources. (AP) A judge throws out a lawsuit accusing Tyson Foods of hiring illegal immigrants to drive down wages. (AP) The influential United Food and Commercia ... More >>
www.abcnews.com The U.S. and China reach an accord on food safety. Now -- about all those bootleg DVDs.... (New York Times) Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union protest outside celebrity chef -- and Smithfield Foods promoter -- Paula Deen's restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, to d ... More >>
I wrote a post yesterday about former employees of a union-backed group called the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition who say the organization's executive director, John Hickey, thwarted their own attempt to organize. Today Hickey responded to my request for comment, saying, "Pro-Vote's state boar ... More >>
Week of June 14, 2007
Ever hear the one about the unions and the convention bureau?
Is the P-D the "red-headed stepchild" of the Lee empire?
A new weapon is unveiled to end the beer battle
St. Louis' Catholic schoolteachers are ready to rap some knuckles
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)
Managers park semis, regulars get crabby and allegations fly
T.R. Carr Hazelwood
In less than four years, Grant Williams has turned a weak union local into one of Missouri's most potent political forces. So why's he placing all his bets on One-Term Bob?
The New Line Theatre presents a legendary play that tackles unions, press, religion, the rich, even musicians and artists
Unhappy customers say a dealer's arbitration clause turned into a license to steal
The music made inside Velasco's bar in Florissant is both defiant and relaxed
Pipefitters Local 562 isn't just a union -- it's a dynasty
The powerful Pipefitters union has a simple plan to provide job security for its members: It wants to take away other people's work.
Did Tom Brown's tough stance against the W-1W Lambert expansion plan cost him his union position?
Al DeLassus loses both a bid to become secretary-treasurer of Local 655 of the United Food and Commercial Workers and his shop-steward job
Unicom takes flak over flacking for Wal-Mart
Nurses at St. John's Mercy Medical Center vote to unionize
St. John's Mercy Medical Center alienated their RNs when they turned to less experienced caregivers to save money. Now they're paying for it.
Father James Carney left St. Louis to work with the poor in Honduras, putting him at odds with both church and state. Fifteen years after his mysterious death, a new CIA report raises more questions than answers.
City schools face an uncertain future -- a crucial court settlement, a Feb. 2 sales-tax vote, a teachers' union opposed to the tax, accreditation tests this spring and the prospect of a state takeover. It could be a school year from hell.