The St. Louis Labor Council unanimously passed a resolution Thursday night slamming St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay for his poor union record and his recent effort to change benefits for city firefighters.
The full text of the resolution:
Whereas, the Fire and EMS Professionals of St Louis, International Association of Firefighters, Local 73 is the exclusive bargaining agent for the uniformed members of the St. Louis Fire Department; and
Whereas, collective bargaining contracts are the backbone of organized labor that insure fairness and equality for our members; and
Whereas, Local 73 has negotiated in good faith, in an attempt to reach a compromise only to realize that the City had no interest in entering into a collectively bargained contract; and
Whereas, Francis Slay is the Mayor of the City of St Louis; and
Whereas, Francis Slay has refused to collectively bargain in good faith, a contractually guaranteed resolution to the current pension issue; and
Whereas, Francis Slay as a member of the Board of Alderman never voted in favor of salary increases, for union employees; and
Whereas, in 2008 Francis Slay as Mayor used his influence to successfully block passage of a multiyear, collectively bargained pay ordinance for union employees; and
Whereas, Francis Slay has initiated an unprecedented attack on union Firefighters and their families by, introducing legislation at the St Louis Board of Alderman to dissolve the Firemen’s Retirement System of St Louis, significantly reducing pension and survivors benefits for current active and retired firefighters.
Resolved, that the St Louis Labor Council publicly support the Union Firefighters of Local 73 by condemning the actions of Mayor Slay; and
Resolved, that the Council send a letter in support of Local 73 to Mayor Slay demanding that Board Bills 270 and 271 be immediately withdrawn. And encourage all member organizations of the St Louis Labor Council to publicly support Union firefighters.