The largest coalition of organized labor unions in the St. Louis region is pulling its support for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's 2014 reelection bid. Greater St. Louis Labor Council President Robert Soutier and Jeff Aboussie of the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council met with Dooley Monday.
Soutier spoke with Fox 2 News about that meeting. "And I said at this point, we're withholding support. We would urge you not to run."
Dooley says he's sorry the labor leaders are pulling their support, but he has no plans to bow out of the race.
"There is no better friend to labor than Charlie Allen Dooley," he said. "I have been labor's friend since I've been in politics, since I've been the county executive, on the county council since 1995."
Soutier says the action isn't the result of any one incident, but stems from a relationship that has deteriorated over time.
"The building trades certainly have some problems with non-union contractors in the county," Soutier said. "Certainly, the firefighters have a problem with an appointment that Dooley made for, I think, one of the training centers."