Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Airport Officers Sue for Pay Parity with St. Louis Police

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Airport Officers Sue for Pay Parity with St. Louis Police

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ST. LOUIS * Police employed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport do the same work as regular city officers at unfairly lower pay, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

Attorney J.C. Pleban, who represents nearly 50 police officers listed as plaintiffs, filed the case in St. Louis Circuit Court.

"The city and the department continue to treat these police officers as second-class citizens," Pleban complained in a statement Monday.

The suit seeks parity in pay and benefits with city officers, and demands back pay to 2013, when City Hall took control of the St. Louis Police Department. It had been governed since the mid-19th century by a state-appointed board. The city, which owns Lambert, has long operated the airport police as a separate entity.

Pleban said airport officers are shorted an average of about $5,000 a year in pay, and receive less for retirement. …

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