St. Louis city, county leaders say proposed merger won’t mean layoffs

The “Better Together” campaign to merge St. Louis and St. Louis County into a single entity claims a merger would save taxpayers millions of dollars. Both St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger have assured employees those savings won’t come at the cost of their jobs.

Krewson sent an email to city employees when the plan was announced on Jan. 28, informing them every city worker will become an employee of the new Metro St. Louis government. She also confirmed their pension system and benefits would not be affected.

Stenger said he has informed department heads that the merger would not result in job losses. His staff has suggested the new government would shrink through attrition.

The language of the proposed amendment does not mention preservation of jobs.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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