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Bond, McCaskill join union rally against job cuts

Friday, June 5, 2009 | 2:35 p.m. CDT; updated 3:38 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 5, 2009

BRIDGETON — Missouri Sens. Kit Bond and Claire McCaskill will join union workers in a rally for people hoping to protect 16,000 jobs that could be lost to defense cuts.

The St. Louis Labor Council hosts the rally at 1 p.m. Sunday in Bridgeton.

The jobs are in jeopardy of being lost as a result of Department of Defense cuts to the FA-18 and C-17 aircraft programs. Both planes are designed and assembled by Boeing in St. Louis and are used in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Labor Council says the regional economic impact would mean $32 billion in lost revenue every year.

The two senators, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and others attending the rally will sign a letter asking President Barack Obama to halt the decision to eliminate the aircraft.


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