Labor, community and faith allies, along with low-wage workers have something to be excited about here in the Show-Me-State.
The immediate struggle for pay raises and collective bargainingis part of the larger, national context for democracy and progressive change.
The same highly-profitable nationwide utility that is trying to drastically raise rates on its St. Louis customers is using workers from a non-union labor law-breaking company to try to replace its Utility Worker members.
Postal workers held hundreds of simultaneous rallies all across the country to bring attention to a bill that would address the manufactured financial crisis facing the Postal Service.
CWA members, union supporters and community activists rallied outside of a St. Louis Verizon store.
The third big front in the right-wing Republican-business state-by-state war on workers, in Missouri, ended when the state legislature adjourned in May.
American Water made $268 million in profits last year and paid its top seven executives a combined $12.5 million, but wants big cuts from workers, the union says.
"This is about eliminating the organizations that represent people. With one vote they are trying to take away our rights."
Referring to the state legislature's Republican leadership, Mike Louis, from International Association Machinists District 9, said, "These people are not our friends."
With the increased attacks on unions from the right wing, it's more important than ever to note just how much organized labor does for the community.