Missouri Unions laws & HR compliance analysis

Missouri Unions: What you need to know

The right of workers in private employment to form unions and bargain collectively with their employers is guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and related federal laws. The NLRA is preemptive, meaning it supersedes state law in the areas it covers. However, in areas not covered by the NLRA, such as the rights of public employees and the rights of private employees who are not engaged in interstate commerce, the states are free to make their own provisions.
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Like many states, Missouri has no comprehensive labor relations law of its own. The federal protections are the governing law of the state for private employees engaged in interstate commerce. Additional information on these protections is available.
Missouri has a constitutional provision guaranteeing workers the right to organize and bargain collectively. Its effect is to extend protections comparable to those provided under federal law to employees who might not be covered by the NLRA (MO Const. Art. I Sec. 29).
Another area that has been left to the states is the protection of a worker's right not to join a union. These laws are commonly known as “right-to-work” laws. Missouri enacted a right-to-work law scheduled to take effect August 28, 2017, but the law was put on hold after opponents of the measure submitted petitions to put the law up for a voter referendum. In a referendum on August 7, 2018, voters rejected the law, so the state currently has no right-to-work law.
In a 2007 decision, the Missouri Supreme Court clarified the right to collective bargaining for public employees. Overturning long-standing precedent, the Court ruled that public employees have the same ...

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