Pro-Union Forces Rally Downtown

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A fired-up crowd of union workers, staged a “Wisconsin-style” protest in Kiener Plaza, Friday night — worried about  job security.

Shouts of “What time is it? Union time !!!” could be heard throughout.  

“I’ll give up my union card when you pry it from my cold dead hand,” one man wrote on a giant, yellow poster board.

Other signs said: “Hamburger or Heating Oil?” and called the middle class an endangered species.

“Let’s face it, we teach the future of the country, and if they don’t get a good education, the country’s going to go down the tubes. And, that’s a bad, bad thing,” said one union teacher.

Many teachers were there, expressing concern about losing their tenure.

Some attendees were worried about right-to-work, as well as efforts to weaken child labor laws and lower the minimum wage. “It’s about making sure we have a middle class. Everything in this country is balanced on the back of the middle class,” one man said.

Organizers had predicted a turnout of 2,000, but say more than 4,000 showed up.

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  1. tripplehrn says:

    Sad to say, but the end is near for unions & all the advances gained for the worker over the past 50 years are about to be lost, theres no way back, this is our reality now.
    the politians who smell the blood in the air are being pushed by a majority of the public who give little sympathy for unions since they themselves are looking for work and there are so few union jobs left anymore in this country.

  2. shilosam says:

    as a union member i was kind of embarrassed by the low turnout & starting to think these type of protests aren’t having an effect, maybe because of the events unfolding all over the world our message does not seem to be reaching anybody or perhaps nobody but us care.

  3. King says:

    Lot of people are saying, one eliminated union job will equal two jobs for the unemployed.

  4. Kevin Schmidt says:

    Happy to say, the end is near for Republicans and DINOs & all the advances gained for the plutocratic, kleptocratic fascists over the past 50 years are about to be lost, there’s no way back, this is our reality now.
    The unions who smell the revolution in the air are being pushed by a majority of the public who give little sympathy for fascists since they themselves are looking for work and there are so few decent wage jobs left anymore in this country.

  5. twg says:

    as for Kings comment, by eliminating one union job, you may create more than two jobs. It depends on how little the employer wants to pay and how desperate people are to work for minimum wage with no chance for bettering their futures.

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