Missouri AFL-CIO Endorses Proposition A
Local Control Initiative receives
Kansas City, Missouri (September 11, 2012) – At its state convention, the Missouri AFL-CIO endorsed Proposition A, the Local Control Initiative, which will appear on the November 6 ballot. If Proposition A passes, it will return control of the St. Louis police department back to the people and the City of St. Louis. Currently, because of a Civil War-era law still on the books, the St. Louis police department is controlled by the state.
“St. Louis City police officers and citizens deserve the same rights and respect that other communities in the nation and state have. This Civil War policy has long outlived its usefulness,” said Bob Soutier, President of the St. Louis Labor Council.
“We are encouraging all of our members and their families to vote YES on Proposition A on November 6,” said Hugh McVey, President of the Missouri AFL-CIO. “We count on our officers for so much, and it’s only fair that we support an initiative that would protect their pensions, their health insurance, and their collective bargaining rights.”
With its endorsement of Prop A, the Missouri AFL-CIO joins St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay, Kansas City Mayor Sylvester James, Congressman Lacy Clay, and countless other elected officials and organizations.
The Missouri AFL-CIO represents more than 500,00 members and retirees in the State of Missouri.