Some labor people I know on facebook thought it wasn't a big deal since it included the clause, "...unless otherwise agreed through the collective bargaining process" at the end of the document, but it was serious enough that Slay met with members of the St. Louis Labor Council this morning and promised to change the language.
In later stories on the subject, Slay's Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford gave plausible-ish sounding explanations of what happened, but even so, there was a quote from Rainford in the original KMOX story that seems to be extremely misleading at best and has yet to be explained. When initially deflecting the story, Rainford told KMOX the forms were put in place without the mayor's knowledge:
“Unbeknownst to the mayor, the city counselor recommended that the personnel department ask new employees to sign that document.Yet emails posted by Alderman Antonio French shows that Rainford, as well as other Slay employees Eddie Roth and Mary Ellen Ponder, were included in the email chain that specifically requested that the forms be implemented before the hiring of new employees:
Yet none of the later stories asked Rainford to explain why he claimed the mayor didn't know about the request, and based on past experience it's pretty unlikely that anyone in the St. Louis media ever will.