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Some encouraging news regarding the teacher's strike in Mount Olive, Illinois.
The union is planning to return to the bargaining table tonight. Union officials will meet with school board officials at 7 PM. The two sides were not set to sit down until Monday.
Schools in the district have been closed since the strike started on Monday.
Fast food workers are expected to walk off the job in 50 cities Thursday, including at least two restaurants in St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an afternoon rally is also planned at the Old Courthouse downtown.
The workers are demanding a $15 per hour pay rate. Striking workers have said that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and Missouri's minimum wage of $7.35 per hour are too low.
Scott DeFife, spokesman for the National Restaurant Association is calling today's strikes "a bit of orchestrated theater." DeFife says it's a move by unions to grow their memberships.
Previous St. Louis-area walkouts took place in May and July.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Prospects of a strike involving union workers at Patriot Coal Corp. are intensifying after a bankruptcy judge signed off on the company's push to abandon its labor agreement with the miners.
Bargaining between the United Mine Workers of America and St. Louis-based Patriot has taken a break, with the company empowered by the judge's May 29 ruling.
That decision allows Patriot to make deep cuts to benefits for thousands of retirees, while also altering its labor deal involving existing employees.
The union and the company say they are negotiating in good faith, though the union says what's on the table right now may be sent to the membership for consideration of whether a strike is in order.
Patriot counters that a walkout could force it to liquidate.
The ballots have been counted and after two days of voting, St. Louis public transportation workers are unanimous in their support for a job action.
Ninety percent of the voting membership of Transit Local 788 gave a thumbs up for a strike authorization. Local president Mike Breihan says the International office still needs to sanction the job action.
"The largest majority supported the strike," Breihan said. "So what we do now is send the information up to the International. They make a decision on to sanction the strike or not. And then if that happens we will follow procedures and see what happens."
Breihan says the Union will wait to set a strike date until after a mediator issues his report in late June.
Transit workers in St. Louis appear poised to walk off the job as members of Local 788 of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union continue a strike authorization vote Tuesday. The union represents public transportation workers and any job action could effect Metrobus and Metrolink service.
Nearly 600 of the 1,500 members cast ballots on Monday. Bus drivers, mechanics, Metrolink operators and clerical staff have all been working without a contract for two and a half years.
Local 788 President Mike Breihan says he hopes it doesn't come down to a work stoppage. "You know we really don't want to hurt the public," Breihan said. "The people out here that ride the bus, they're like our family. And you know we don't want to hurt any of them, but we're going to have to do whatever we can do to protect our own."
"This vote was just strictly to show that we are united and we're ready to move forward if we have to, to do whatever we need to do to get a contract," Breihan said. "You know we're not trying to rob the bank. All we're trying to do is make a decent living for our members and our families."
Breihan says no action will be taken until after a mediator, who is reviewing information submitted by both the Union and Metro, issues an opinion at the end of the month.