Federal workers want Gateway Arch reopened

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Federal workers say the St. Louis Arch has been closed for too long.  So, they plan to protest Wednesday afternoon.

The American Federation of Government Employees has spent the month protesting.  Union representatives said they would rather be working.

Employees at the Gateway Arch Museum and the Old Courthouse in Downtown St. Louis got their furlough notices on October 1, 2013.  Employees at the Federal Government Center on Goodfellow Boulevard in north St. Louis did, too.  Many immediately walked outside, and started picketing.

The Arch shut down because it is run by the National Park Service.  About 75 museum employees were furloughed.  The union said those families are losing money every day, but the St. Louis economy is losing millions.

State officials announced they started trying to find public and private funding to get the Arch and Old Courthouse open again.

The American Federation of Government Employees said the state could not afford to pay for the federal government’s obligations, and that politicians need to focus on passing a bill that would put all government employees back to work.

The union planned to gather on Memorial Drive between Market and Chestnut Streets in downtown St. Louis at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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