Members of the Greater St. Louis Area and Vicinity Port Council celebrated sustaining Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of right-to-work (for less) legislation while saying good-bye to their secretary-treasurer for the last 15 years during its September 22 meeting.
PMC President Jack Martorelli recognized the fine work done by all union members to keep Missouri from becoming the 26th state in the nation to invoke right-to-work on its workers. Among those attending the luncheon were Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis, state AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Jake Hummel (who is an elected member of the state House of Representatives) and Greater St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White. All three thanked the delegates for all their hard work while reminding them this issue could come back as soon as next year.
Meanwhile, PMC Secretary-Treasurer Becky Sleeper announced to the body that she was retiring. She thanked the delegates for allowing her to serve the council. She added that while she may be stepping down, she would still be active in port council and labor activities. The council elected Chad Partridge of the Seafarers to succeed Sleeper.
MTD Executive Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Duncan joined Martorelli in presenting a plaque to Sleeper in appreciation of her hard work on behalf of the council.