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SLPOA Sends Cease & Desist Letter To Former Prez, Right To Work Group Regarding "Deceptive" Ad Campaign
St. Louis, Missouri (July 25, 2018) – The St. Louis Police Officers Association put it's former president, Gary Wiegert, on notice to cease & desist false representations and copyright infringements in a letter that described a pro-Right To Work commercial featuring Wiegert as "deceptive" and "misleading." The letter points out that Wiegert is not authorized to speak on behalf of the SLPOA and reminds him that he was expelled from the Association in 2012 for "unauthorized activities." SLPOA vice-president, Mike Kegel, said that expelling a member is "extraordinary" and added, "to my knowledge, Mr. Wiegert is the only member to have been expelled in the 50 year history of the SLPOA."
Copies of the letter were also sent to the out-of-state Super PAC funding the TV spots as well as all of the St. Louis area TV stations carrying the commercial. The SLPOA said it will ask its parent organization, The Missouri Fraternal Order of Police, to disseminate the letter to other TV stations around the state that are airing the misleading commercial.
Both the SLPOA and the FOP have voted to officially oppose Proposition A on the August 7 ballot. Prop A is the ballot initiative that would enact the anti-worker Right To Work bill into law in Missouri. SLPOA President Ed Clark said, "Worker deaths are forty-one percent higher in Right to Work states and wages are significantly lower. We've worked too hard to get raises for our police officers and reduce police officer deaths to stand idle on a harmful issue like Right To Work."
The SLPOA and the FOP encourage their members and police supporters to vote No on Prop A and to ignore the deceptive ads featuring their disgraced former member that attempts to mislead voters into believing that cops support Right To Work and Prop A.
A copy of the letter to Wiegert is attached, HERE.
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