Lewis Reed V. Francis Slay: AFL-CIO Defends Mayor, But Says He Did Upset Some Employees

While Slay's team is presenting the redrafting of language as a good faith move to address concerns, Reed's campaign manager Glenn Burleigh says it's obvious that they are backpedaling and changing policy in response to pressure.

"They're pulling it," Burleigh says. "The mayor would not have announced...[that he was] reworking it, if it had not been something bad. Their own act should show that."

Francis Slay and Lewis Reed.jpeg
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Lewis Reed listens to Francis Slay speak at a recent debate.

But Soutier says, "I'm satisfied with the communication that we've had now."

He says that about twenty new hires have signed this form -- and will likely have it rescinded so they can sign the final draft his union and the mayor's staff agree on.

Does Soutier think this move will satisfy Slay's opponents?

"I doubt they are happy," he says. "They seemed to be somewhat militant about it and that's fine. They have every right to be. It certainly got everyone's attention."

Here's the document.

Benefits Acknowledgement Form

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robertj97
robertj97

  after  working  35  years  for  the  city  and  after  seeing  the  note  that  was  given  out  it  is  the  same  that  was  out  to  me  when  i  start  to  work  for  the  city  in  1971.  Also  city  of  do  not  have  contracts  with  the  unions  they  have  M O U S  and  means  can  be  changed  any  time .  But  Federal  has  the  authority  and  all  cases .

Showmegirl
Showmegirl

Actually, it is completely disingenuous of the Reed Campaign to try to paint Mayor Slay as anti-union.  Mayor Slay has a long history of being pro-worker and pro-union.  Mayor Slay is endorsed by not only the AFL-CIO, but SEIU, St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council, St. Louis City Labor Club, St. Louis Labor Council, the Ironworkers, Electrical Workers, UAW Region 5, AFSCME, UFCW 655, USW 11-6 and 9014, Teamsters Joint Council No.13, etc...The document in question is not a change in policy, simply a an acknowledgement that the employee understands the existing policy to avoid future misunderstanding.  Some people find it offensive, so it will be rewritten.  It is the Reed Camp's fear driven misinformation tactics that are reminiscent of certain Republican campaigns. 

jfedorow
jfedorow

@Showmegirl Ma'am please read the memo.

This is clearly a rejection of collective bargaining.... a new policy for the city.

Showmegirl
Showmegirl

@jfedorow @Showmegirl  Sir, I read it several times...it is a new agreement but not a new policy.  It simply requires new employees to acknowledge that they understand the policy has already been in place.  It does not affect the collective bargaining rights of city employees at all.

jfedorow
jfedorow

@Showmegirl 

A) The memo states that this is a new policy.

B) "Unilateral changes in benefits"...  This means no input from employee groups... the very point of collective bargaining and an extension of the first amendment.

C) This policy is so ignorant they stopped implementation.

johnson_wa
johnson_wa

How awkward for Mr. Soutier. The candidate you endorsed was exposed as the anti-worker pseudo-Republican that he is and you're faced with a difficult choice. Either recant your endorsement, which would've been the respectable thing to do, or help said candidate devise a face-saving meaculpa and hope the hypocracy isn't too glaring.

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