• U.S. Labor Secretary Acosta, Sen. Roy Blunt, and Rep. Ann Wagner Visit Carpenters Training School

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, Sen. Roy Blunt and U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner visited the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council’s Nelson-Mulligan Training Center in St. Louis to highlight workforce development and careers in the trades....

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  • Union Benefits Go Far Beyond the Workplace

    From The Nation:  Organized labor has been through a tough half-century, as deindustrialization, economic deregulation, and an all-out right-wing attack have decimated union membership across the country. But new research shows how the benefits of organized labor...

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  • How Shutdown Exposed the Lie at the Heart of the Anti-Union ‘Right-to-Work’ Movement

    From RawStory:  Thousands of federal employees protested at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., this week, holding aloft empty plates during 33 minutes of silence—one minute for each day of the government shutdown. Some plates carried...

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  • Union Membership Rises in Missouri, Bucking National Trend

    From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The defeat of a right-to-work law wasn’t Missouri unions’ only victory in 2018: They also added 25,000 members, bucking a national trend. The gain meant that 9.4 percent of all Missouri workers were...

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  • Defying Predictions, Union Membership Isn’t Dropping Post-Janus

    From Governing:  Five months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt what was seen as a massive blow to unions in Janus v. AFSCME. The justices banned the collection of union fees from public workers who receive union-negotiated benefits but...

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  • BUD Celebrates Four Years of Success

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Over 30 graduates of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) program, plus friends, union officials, and other program organizers and supporters of the program gathered at Carpenters Hall on Hampton...

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  • Missouri Influencers Say Businesses, Unions ‘Need Each Other’ For Economic Growth

    From The Kansas City Star:  When it comes to organized labor, a panel of The Star’s readers wanted to know: How can unions and businesses work together to drive economic growth? Here’s how members of The Star’s Missouri...

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  • Missouri’s Labor Victory Won’t Reverse the Decline of Unions

    From The Atlantic:  On Tuesday night, as it became clear that voters in Missouri had—by a two-to-one margin—rejected a state law meant to reduce unions’ power, the president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, declared, “The defeat of this...

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  • Missouri Voters Reject Right-To-Work Law

    From NPR:  Voters in Missouri resoundingly struck down that state’s right-to-work law after labor unions in Missouri organized a strong signature campaign to get a referendum on the ballot. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Voters in Missouri overwhelmingly struck...

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  • How Labor Won The Right-To-Work Fight In Missouri

    From Huffington Post:  Missouri voters resoundingly rejected the state’s new right-to-work statute by referendum Tuesday night, delivering a stinging rebuke to the GOP legislature that recently tried to implement the law. The vote on Proposition A wasn’t...

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