There was a lot of reaction from local leaders on Monday following announcement of slashing 2065 jobs by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Jay Nixon, the Gov. Elect said employees from Anheuser-Busch InBev, St. Louis who have been informed that they no longer have jobs, have our prayers and support.
He went on to way that we will stand by their side as these workers and their families face a future filled with challenges. He referred to the A-B men and women as invaluable assets to the St. Louis society. They are also highly skilled and we will definitely try and find them all new openings and opportunities right in Missouri during these difficult times.
According to Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo, St. Louis families are facing bad times, though not unexpected. He said that it was very disappointing that his concerns were ignored by InBev and at this time of economic crisis, 1400 workers are now without a job.
Francis Slay, the Mayor of St. Louis said that the beer brewery, Anheuser-Busch has been in St. Louis since the year 1860 facing various crisis conditions like labor discord, two world wars, diversification, prohibition, civil war and market share competition from both national and international markets.
Workers of Anheuser-Busch who have been sent out of their jobs and their dependants are facing painful times, he said. He also added that it is imperative President elect Barack Obama and his team act on the economic stimulus plan as early as possible to initiate the much needed turn around.