Teachers arrived at the State Capital today/Tuesday to oppose a bill that would extend bargaining rights to state employees. Lori Prichard reports from Jefferson City.
Educators from all over Missouri packed a small senate hearing room to voice their opposition to collective bargaining. Missouri State Teachers Association spokesman Bruce Moe it would drown teachers under a sea of bureacratic red tape.
But the bill's sponsor, State Senator John Schneider concedes that the collective bargaining process is cumbersome. But, he argues the real issue is employee rights, not government bureaucracy.
Labor union lobbyists and government employees packed a senate committe hearing room today/Tuesday to debate extending collective bargaining rights to some state employees. Lori Prichard reports from Jefferson City.
Two weeks after the governor's suprise endorsement of collective bargaining, St. Louis County Senator John Schneider was defending his proposal to grant bargaining rights to some public workers.
He says his main concern lies with the teachers and police officers that would be affected by the proposed bill.
The Fraternal Order of Police and the National Education Association support the measure, but the Missouri State Teachers Association strongly opposes it. An MSTA spokesman says it would weaken public education by drowning it in red tape.
In Jefferson City, I'm Lori Prichard.