Restoring Accountability In Government Labor Relations
Existing law contains a set of loopholes and oversights that harm the transparency of our public institutions and make it harder for citizens to hold their government accountable. Missouri Senate Bill 549 (SB 549) proposes four common-sense reforms addressing these issues. First, it proposes union elections that would give government workers a voice. Second, it fixes loopholes that allow public bodies to hold collective bargaining sessions behind closed doors. Third, it brings government union financial transparency up to the same level as private-sector unions. Finally, it prevents government entities from entering into union contracts that never expire. These reforms are intended to make government entities more responsive to the public while preserving the voices of workers.
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