St. Louis County Unions to Strike

Posted at: 08/19/2013 5:51 PM
Updated at: 08/19/2013 6:01 PM

St. Louis County's two largest employee unions have filed an intent-to-strike notice.

The two units are the Civil Service and Merit System Basic units. They filed Monday morning, according to the communications manager for St. Louis County. The filing came after a 14-hour negotiation session Friday at which no agreement was made on the issue of sick leave.

At Friday's meeting, the county proposed reducing the accumulated sick pay for future employees, while leaving the limits for current employees the same. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which represents the two unions, said the proposal will cause division between new hires and current employees.

Four other units, including the Jail/911 unit, have already accepted the same deal.

St. Louis County is preparing for 1,000 county workers to go on strike.