Morning Minutes: Pension leaders seek fix; layoffs hit Harley supplier

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Pension leaders warn of looming insolvency, seek federal help

Barring decisive action by Congress, the Central States Pension Fund, which has more than 400,000 members, will be tapped out by the end of 2025. That was the message Teamsters and Central States Pension Fund leaders delivered to a crowd of retirees Saturday in Independence. The groups are pushing for the passage of the Butch Lewis Act, which would create a Pension Rehabilitation Administration within the Treasury Department. Read more

207 layoffs planned at supplier for KC Harley-Davidson plant

A Harley-Davidson supplier in Kansas City has notified the state of plans to eliminate 207 jobs in August, citing the motorcycle company’s planned closure of a plant in the area. The supplier, Michigan-based syncreon, handles sub-assembly and related work for the Harley-Davidson assembly plant in Kansas City. In January, Harley-Davidson announced plans to close that factory, eliminating some 800 jobs. Read more

Trade tensions reveal potentially pivotal issue for McCaskill, Hawley

Escalating global trade tensions stoked by President Donald Trump have highlighted a key difference between U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat seeking re-election this fall, and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, her most prominent Republican challenger. As a Democrat in an increasingly Republican state, McCaskill has seized upon trade concerns in an attempt to appeal to some of the same voters who propelled Trump to the White House. Read more

UM System plans to appeal decision over graduate workers’ union

The University of Missouri System plans to fight a court ruling that would require it to recognize graduate student workers as employees and to bargain with their union. On Friday, UM System President Mun Choi reiterated his view that student workers are not employees and said the system intends to appeal a court decision on the issue. Read more

Brewers welcome new state system for approving labels

A new state system for regulating how beer and wine are labeled has been met by cheers from local producers. The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has a new online portal for submitting new label registrations or making changes to old labels. Previously, companies had to submit labels by mail and wait for a response. The process took up to eight months in some cases. Read more

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