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Union applauds U.S. auto deal to end two-tier wages

The union representing Detroit Three autoworkers in Canada is applauding what it hopes marks the beginning of the end of two-tier wages in the U.S. auto industry.

“That’s absolutely fantastic,” Unifor national president Jerry Dias said Tuesday upon hearing that a tentative contract between the UAW and auto supplier Lear Corp., will get rid of a wage structure that puts new hires on a permanent lower pay scale.

The implications for both the 2015 Detroit Three-UAW contract talks as well as those with Canadian autoworkers in 2016 are “huge,” said Dias. “We’ve been under tremendous pressure from the Big Three to go down the same road as the UAW, and we’ve been adamantly opposed to it. If the UAW resolves that issue once and for all, that takes tremendous pressure off of us. We are hoping this is symbolic for what is going to happen in 2015.”

UAW local 2335, which represents 760 workers at a seat plant in Hammond, Ind., reached the tentative agreement with Lear on the weekend following two months of negotiations and a one-day strike. The plant supplies seats to Ford’s Chicago assembly plant, which builds the Explorer SUV as well as Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans.


Dooley proposes the elimination of St. Louis County Municipal Court fee

CLAYTON • Responding to the Ferguson-generated outcry over legal costs, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is asking that the County Municipal Court do away with a $25 fee levied for infractions of county ordinances.

Dooley will introduce the proposal at a Tuesday evening County Council meeting which is expected to be attended by demonstrators protesting the Aug. 9 death of Ferguson teen Michael Brown.

Sources say the county is prepared to accommodate a large number of spectators.

Turnout at council meetings is generally low.


A-B 'disappointed' with NFL over scandals

Anheuser-Busch, one of the National Football League’s biggest sponsors, has become the latest, if not one of the loudest, voices to express disappointment with the scandals plaguing the league.

In a statement released Tuesday, the world’s biggest brewer declared it was “disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season.”

“We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code,” the company said. “We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.”

In a brief email response sent to the Post-Dispatch, the NFL said: “We understand. We are taking action and there will be much more to come.”


Velda City offering people chance to clear up traffic warrants

(KTVI) – The unrest in Ferguson has prompted Velda city to offer people a chance to clear up outstanding warrants.

The city is offering a one-time program to help resolve outstanding issues with the municipal court.

Most traffic-related offenses will be dismissed in exchange for a payment of a “failure to appear” fee.


Wentzville GM plant adding third shift, 750 jobs

General Motors will start a third production shift at its Wentzville assembly plant, adding 750 jobs and deepening the automaker’s commitment to the facility.

The third shift will begin in the first quarter of 2015, said Nancy Laubenthal, GM Wentzville’s plant manager, told the Post-Dispatch.

The Wentzville plant, which currently builds Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, has 2,600 employees, and the added shift will bring employment to a record 3,350.

The plant also will soon start making GM’s next generation midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.


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Worker dies at Bridgeton (MO) refrigeration factory

BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri authorities and federal safety inspectors are investigating the death of a worker at a refrigeration equipment factory.

A Robertson Fire Department assistant chief tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the victim died Saturday at the Hussmann plant in Bridgeton. The company makes refrigeration equipment and food display cases.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesman says investigators arrived Monday. He says preliminary findings show electrical power might not have been cut off to equipment before the man worked on it.

The spokesman says OSHA has visited Hussmann four times in the past five years and has not found any violations since 2010.


Missouri lawmaker, wife, ask court for contraception insurance exclusion

ST. LOUIS • A family should have the same right as a small business to opt out of birth control coverage in its health care plan, the lawyer for a Missouri legislator argued Monday before a federal appeals court.

Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, and his wife, Teresa, say the contraceptive benefit required by the Affordable Care Act violates their religious beliefs as Catholics and parents of three daughters.

In what may be the first court challenge of its type, they want to opt out of that coverage without giving up their state health insurance altogether and incurring a penalty under the federal law, commonly called Obamacare.

Their attorney, from the Thomas More Society, a public interest law firm based in Chicago, insisted to the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals that a family is no different from a small business whose owners have religious objections to subsidizing contraception for employees.


Five Things To Watch For During Legislative Veto Session

The Missouri General Assembly’s veto session, which begins Wednesday, generally shuffles into the background during an election year. While legislators could have very busy day (or two), the unrest in Ferguson has sucked up most of the state’s political oxygen this year.

To be sure, none of the issues that could be debated this week have a direct connection to Ferguson. But Gov. Jay Nixon spent time that he would have used to defend his vetoes dealing with the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death. He also encountered plenty of criticism from some Democrats, including lawmakers who may be needed to prevent veto overrides.

All these things could affect what happens this week. Even though some professional political aggregators may not approve, here are five things to watch out for when the veto session is gaveled into session.


Some Retail Workers Find Better Deals With Unions


By now, the hardships endured by retail workers at clothing stores across New York City are achingly familiar: the frantic scramble to get assigned enough hours to earn a living on painfully low wages; the ever-changing, on-call schedules that upend child care arrangements, college schedules and desperate efforts to find second jobs.

Workers and government officials around the country are increasingly pushing for change. But for an example of more humane workplaces, there is no need to jet to Sweden or Denmark or Mars. We need look no farther than Midtown Manhattan, no farther than Herald Square.

Ladies and gentlemen, step right onto the escalators and glide on up to the sixth floor. Allow me to introduce you to Debra Ryan, a sales associate in the Macy’s bedding department.

For more than two decades, Ms. Ryan has guided shoppers in the hunt for bedroom décor, helping them choose between medium-weight and lightweight comforters, goose-down and synthetic pillows, and sheets and blankets in a kaleidoscope of colors.
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