To the Editor:

Last year, the Missouri legislature made great strides in the area of government labor reform. Many employees, including teachers, now have added power to decide whether a union should represent them to their employer. Taxpayers now also have greater access to the details of those relationships, thanks to transparency and accountability provisions. That’s appropriate; after all, it’s your money involved.

Unfortunately, first responders – like police officers and firefighters – were not included in the law and do not yet enjoy the protections of last year’s reform. That should change. All government workers deserve a real say in who, if anyone, represents them, and the public deserves greater clarity about the terms of those relationships.

Patrick Ishmael
Director of Government Accountability
Show-Me Institute

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  • Ralph Taylor

    March 18, 2019 - 4:26 pm

    Actually it was another attempt to weaken unions thus costing workers lower salaries in the long run. It does help profits for ownership.

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