Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Missouri Supreme Court Defies Precedent; Grants Collective Bargaining to Public Employees

Local governments and school districts cannot refuse to negotiate with public unions and must do so 'in good faith.'

From the AP:

"Overturning a 60-year legal precedent, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that teachers and other public employees have a constitutional right to engage in collective bargaining with their government employers....

The court’s 5-2 ruling overturned a 1947 Supreme Court decision that had construed a constitutional right to collective bargaining to apply only to private-sector employees. The court, by a unanimous decision, also overturned a 1982 decision that governments were free to disregard agreements made with employee unions.

The decision came in a labor dispute involving the Independence School District. But representatives for teachers’ unions and school boards agreed it will have much broader implications."
 Gee, ya think? A can of worms these Missouri black robes have opened.

The term 'in good faith' will simply be interpreted by public unions as an invitation to drag small municipalities with limited or strained resources back into court, again and again, until these municipalities accept the unions definition of 'in good faith.' IE;  our terms or we'll bankrupt you with legal fees.

Brown shirt orgs, like the ACLU, are masters of this strong arm tactic which 'persuade' municipalities bow to their secular will. The teachers union has adopted this tactic across the nation. It has a national network with deep pockets (and powerful politicians in those pockets) to zealously guard their monopoly strangle hold on education, boosting their pay & benefits, while children rot in violent or otherwise failed warehouses called 'schools' - paid for with your tax dollars. No 'choice' allowed.

Approx. two-thirds of the states already grant public employees collective bargaining rights, and we all know how well that turned out in 'Wisconsin.'

Update: A Brief, Illustrated History of the Public Sector Unions That, Together With The Democrat Party, Are Waging War on the Taxpayer  


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