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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
4-15-’16
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Union members plan to increase their visibility outside more Schnucks stores this weekend to pressure the grocery chain to reverse a decision to lay off 190 warehouse employees in Bridgeton and replace the jobs with nonunion workers.

Teamsters Local 688 was notified on April 4 that 190 union workers’ jobs will be cut when Schnucks’ new distribution center in Kinloch opens in July.

Those jobs will be replaced by a third-party logistics provider, Greenwich, Conn.-based XPO Logistics. The nonunion XPO workers’ pay will range between $10 and $11 an hour without benefits, according to the union, compared with workers’ current pay of $14 to $22 an hour, which comes with benefits.

Teamsters members stood outside 16 stores last weekend with signs protesting the decision by Maryland Heights-based Schnuck Markets Inc.

“It will escalate this weekend,” Mike Goebel, secretary and treasurer of Teamsters Local 688, told the Post-Dispatch.

Goebel said union members would stand outside multiple stores throughout the region and hand Schnucks customers “palm cards” that they can give Schnucks management with a copy of their receipt and a message saying they’ll take their business elsewhere if the labor issue isn’t resolved.

A petition on the website Moveon.org that asks Schnucks’ chairman and CEO Todd Schnuck to halt the layoffs had more than 3,000 signatures as of Thursday evening.

On social media, Local 688 posted “Greediest Stores in Town” on its Facebook page, a play on the grocer’s “Friendliest Stores in Town” motto. Some union members have called for boycotts of Schnucks stores, but Goebel said Local 688 was not currently advocating a boycott.
“We just want to show how serious we are,” Goebel said. “It was a bomb when they said they were laying employees off. I hope Todd Schnuck reconsiders what they’re doing.”

Goebel said he had had no contact with Schnucks representatives since April 4.

Schnucks, which operates nearly 100 stores in five states, currently contracts with XPO Logistics to operate warehouses in Hazelwood and Vinita Park, the grocery chain’s spokesman Paul Simon said in an email, pointing out that 75 percent of Schnucks’ employees are unionized.

Schnucks said the new 915,000-square-foot facility in Kinloch was designed to be more efficient than its Bridgeton warehouses.

“The decision to change the warehouse was not an easy one; however, one we made to ensure continued growth for the company,” Simon said.

XPO, the world’s second largest contract logistics provider, operates 161 million square feet of warehouse space for hundreds of companies. Gary Frantz, an XPO spokesman, declined to verify if the union’s stated pay range for the Kinloch facility was accurate, saying employee compensation was confidential.

“XPO offers competitive wages and a comprehensive benefit plan which includes health, dental, 401(k) matching, vacation and holiday pay, as well as opportunities for incentive pay for all employees,” Frantz said in an email.

Applications for the Kinloch facility will be available for submission on XPO’s website in June, he said, and “anyone with the necessary qualifications is encouraged to apply and all applicants will receive due consideration in the hiring process.”

GPO-WEP fix, the Social Security Fairness Act, fights unfair offsets that slash retirement benefits

from

EdVotesClick here for full article.
Imagine this. You’ve spent the last 30 years dedicating your life to teaching students Algebra at a local high school. And during those decades in the classroom, to help make ends meet, you’ve worked several part-time jobs—including a 15-year stint as a night auditor at a local hotel. But now, you’re looking forward to retirement—that is, until you learn about a government offset called the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which is going to reduce your Social Security check by almost half.
While it sounds like a retirement nightmare, for hundreds of thousands of educators, police officers, fire fighters and other public service employees, it’s a reality. The Government Pension Offset (GPO) reduces public employees’ Social Security spousal or survivor benefits by two-thirds of their public pension — nine out of ten people lose their entire spousal benefit, even though their spouse paid Social Security taxes for many years. WEP reduces the earned Social Security benefits of an individual who also receives a public pension from a job not covered by Social Security — hard-working people lose a significant portion of the benefits they have earned themselves.
What this means, in real terms, is that public servants such as teachers, firefighters and police officers are losing the benefits they earned through a lifetime of public service. Loss of benefits can result from moving from private to public employment and vice versa, or moving between states that have different GPO/WEP or Social Security rules.

PLEASE Stand up for public servants and retirement security by sending an email to your elected officials urging them to support the Social Security Fairness Act of 2015!

GIVE
from Representative Deb Lavender’s Bi-Monthly Newsletter
June 25, 2015    Year 1 Newsletter 11
Bills Signed by Governor Nixon
House Bill 514:  provides tax breaks for a redevelopment project in Fenton. The bill allows for designated tax increment financing for the former Chrysler plant in Fenton that closed in 2007. The site will be developed as a business park with an emphasis on light manufacturing. The redevelopment is expected to help create up to 1,500 jobs within the first two years while adding as many as 2,000 additional jobs over time.  Even though this bill diverts up to $12 million a year from general revenue, the jobs created more than make up for the tax incentive offered to developers.

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St. Louis’ minimum wage hike potentially dead after aldermanic surprise

The city’s drive to raise the minimum wage within its limits may have been dealt a death blow Friday.

Sidebar: Some board members were racing to pass the bill before Aug. 28, when a state law could kick in forbidding the city from taking such an action.

Follow the efforts (and opposition) to Raise Minimum Wage in StL and KC
from Progress Missouri http://progressmissouri.org/
A range of news articles following this effort:
RAISING THE WAGE IN STL AND KC. Legislation on the table in St. Louis would set a $10 minimum wage immediately upon being signed by the mayor, and then increase in increments until reaching $15 an hour by 2020.
•    AP: Hearings on Proposed St. Louis Minimum Wage Hike Get Underway
•    Star: Action revs up for and against the Kansas City minimum wage
•    KWMU: Stenger says St. Louis County won’t go along with city push to raise minimum wage
•    STL American: Stenger says St. Louis County won’t go along with city push to raise minimum wage
•    The Missouri Times: No regional solution as Slay, Stenger wrangle minimum wage questions

Even if this $10 minimum would take effect upon Mayor Slay’s signature, workers would still be earning below minimum wage according to the Congressional Research Office. The peak value of the federal minimum wage in real terms was in 1968. To equal the purchasing power of the 1968 minimum wage, the 2014 minimum wage should have been $10.69 instead of $7.25. As it is, the minimum wage’s buying power doesn’t keep up with increases in consumer prices.
Read more here:

http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article4551319.html#storylink=cpy

I imagine each of us is in one of these categories:

“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who need caregiving.”  - Rosalynn Carter

Click on the link below to know more about the work and wage conditions of our Home Care Workforce.

from truthout: Home Care Aides

AND FRESH ON THE WEB:

Missouri Home Care Workers Reach Historic Wage Agreement

Written by CharlieE on June 22, 2015 at Missouri Jobs for Justice website – click on title above to read more.

Stunning maps showing how much you need to earn in each state to afford a two-bedroom rental unit
by Jen Hayden

(Click on each map to enlarge.)

How much your hourly wage must be to afford a 2-bedroom rental !

How much your hourly wage must be to afford a 2-bedroom rental !

How many hours you must work each week to afford your payment !

How many hours you must work each week to afford your payment !

I’ll let the maps speak for themselves.  The full report can be viewed at

National Low Income Housing Coalition – Out of Reach 2015 Report

http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/oor/OOR_2015_FULL.pdf

I first saw this information at:

https://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/29/1388789/-Stunning-maps-showing-how-much-you-need-to-earn-in-each-state-to-afford-a-two-bedroom-rental-unit?detail=emailclassic
Originally posted to Scout Finch on Fri May 29, 2015 at 10:32 AM PDT.
Also republished by Daily Kos Classics.

Legislative Update
by Otto Fajen   MNEA Legislative Director
Number 18   May 20, 2015

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SENATE SLOWDOWN AT SESSION END; MANY BILLS DIE
SPEAKER DIEHL RESIGNS; REP. RICHARDSON SELECTED AS NEW SPEAKER
WHAT YOU CAN DO

SUMMARY OF WHAT PASSED AND WHAT DIDN’T
PASSED

EDUCATION BUDGET
STUDENT TRANSFER/CHARTER AND VIRTUAL EXPANSION BILL
SO-CALLED “RIGHT-TO-WORK”
ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
HARRIS-STOWE STATE UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS (SPRINGFIELD AND ST. JOSEPH)
UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION PERIOD
HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION
DYSLEXIA
CHARTER SCHOOLS
OUTDOOR CAMPUS EXPRESSION
A+ SCHOLARSHIP RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT
MOST COLLEGE SAVINGS FUND
DID NOT PASS
PAYCHECK DECEPTION
MANDATED UNION RECERTIFICATION ELECTIONS
ACCREDITATION AND LOCAL CONTROL OF ASSESSMENT
2.55% FACTOR PSRS BILL
VIRTUAL COURSE ACCESS
WORKING AFTER RETIREMENT HOURS AND CONTRACTORS (KELLY SERVICES)
PENSION FORFEITURE
ST. LOUIS SCHOOL RETIREMENT
PHOTO ID
WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AND WHISTLE-BLOWER LAW
PROTECTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
WORKPLACE ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS
TABOR
SMALL SCHOOLS FUNDING
DEBT SERVICE LIMIT
CIVICS TESTING CHANGES
CONSTITUTION PROJECT
DAILY PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
LEARNING STANDARDS WORK GROUPS
PARENTAL CONTROL OF EDUCATION
CAREER AND TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE
GIFTED EDUCATION FUNDING
TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION
ANTI-BULLYING POLICIES
CPR INSTRUCTION
REMEDIATION AND DROPOUT
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY TEST
CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
POST-SECONDARY COURSE OPTIONS
DUAL CREDIT COURSES
BRIGHT FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS
ACCESS MISSOURI SCHOLARSHIPS
SPECIAL EDUCATION DUE PROCESS
STATE SCHOOLS FOR THE SEVERELY DISABLED
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SENATE SLOWDOWN CONTINUES
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MNEA Legislative Update   Week 18, No. 2, May 12, 2015
By Otto Fajen   MNEA Legislative Director
SENATE FORCES VOTE TO PASS “RIGHT-TO-WORK”, BUT NOT PAYCHECK DECEPTION
The Senate took the rare step of forcing an end to debate by moving the “previous question” several times to force votes on a controversial bill that would affect the constitutional bargaining rights of all Missourians.
The Senate approved SCS/HCS/HBs 116 & 569 (Burlison) by a vote of 21-13.  The bill contains the so-called “Right-to-Work” proposal.  The “Right-to-Work” provision applies to all employees and would remove the ability of labor unions to receive compensation for the costs of fulfilling their duties as exclusive representative.
The Senate version now returns to the House for its approval.  The changes in the SCS are primarily the inclusion of specific penalty provisions for violations of the act.  The House concluded floor action for the day before the Senate passed HB 116, but the bill could be taken up by the House as soon as May 13.
The Association opposes the bill and appreciates the support of the bipartisan group of Senators who voted against the bill.
The Senate actually spent almost the entire day with amendments pending to add the Paycheck Deception proposal for certain public labor organizations, but those amendments were all withdrawn before the forced votes were taken on the original bill pertaining to “Right-to-Work.”
Paycheck Deception would apply to most public labor organizations and require annual, written authorization for payroll deduction of member contributions for dues and for political action.
The Association opposes Paycheck Deception.  All employees have the constitutional right to participate in the Association and work together to support political campaigns without undue interference from state policies that would undermine those rights.

by Otto Fajen  MNEA Legislative Director
Number 11  March 19, 2015
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SENATE COMMITTEE DEFEATS PAYCHECK DECEPTION
SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES HOUSE STUDENT TRANSFER BILL
SCHOOL RETIREMENT
CAREER AND TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION BILL FINALLY PASSED
SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES SO-CALLED “RIGHT-TO-WORK”
WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AND WHISTLE-BLOWER LAW
GENDER PAY EQUITY
HOUSE PASSES CIVICS TEST BILL
HOUSE PASSES CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BILL
ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
CPR INSTRUCTION
HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
HOUSE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
HOUSE EMERGING ISSUES IN EDUCATION
HOUSE HIGHER EDUCATION
SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
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