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Missouri Local Wins First Contract - Without a Bargaining Law

Two years after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that public employees have the constitutional right to “organize and bargain collectively,” the Show Me State still hasn’t shown teachers and ESPs a written bargaining law. But that hasn’t stopped Missouri-NEA from organizing local by local for exclusive bargaining rights and binding contracts.

The hard work’s paying off. On May 8, Wentzville NEA signed its first master agreement with its school board. That makes WNEA “the first and only local in the state since the 2007 court decision to go through the entire process of seeking out exclusive representation, all the way to attaining a master agreement,” reports Missouri-NEA Organizing Director Stephanie Price.

WNEA, which doggedly refused to “share” bargaining rights with a competing organization, reached its contract goal by running a member card campaign, demanding an election for voluntary recognition, and halting negotiations until the exclusive-representation issue was resolved—while aggressively campaigning for, and winning, the election of three school board candidates!