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More than half of Missouri's prison guards sign a paetition to decertify from their union

October 3, 2001
By: Richard Jordan
State Capital Bureau

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In the aftermath of the govenor's executive order on collective bargaining, the Missouri Correction Officers Association is petitioning to de-certify from their union.

The story from Richard Jordan in Jefferson City.

After 18 years more than half of the state's prison guards have signed a petition to de-ceritfy from the AFL-CIO affiliated workers union.

A spokesperson for the officers says one issue to de-certify is the fair share provision recently added by an executive order on collective bargaining.

The union, meanwhile, is saying it will not seek mandatory fees from non-union workers.

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Contents: chief negotiator for AFSCME talking about proposal to not seek fair share fees from its members

At the Capitol, I'm Richard Jordan for KMOX News.

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More than half of the prison guards in Missouri want to de-certify from their labor union.

Richard Jordan reports from the State Capitol.

A spokesperson for corrections officers in the state says they are filing a petition to leave their union after 18 years.

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Contents: spokesperson for MO corrections officers, Gary Gross says workers can better represent themselves

Recently workers in New York, Maine, and Rhode Island have also taken steps to de-certify from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

A union representative says the organization is proposing to have the fair share fees provision waived.

The issue was part of the executive order on collective bargaining, but it has discouraged several union members.

In Jefferson City, Richard Jordan for KMOX News.Date: October 3, 2001


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Corrections officers in Missouri are trying to de-certify from an AFL-CIO affiliated government worker's union saying they are not pleased with how the union has been representing their interests.

The story from Richard Jordan in Jefferson City.

More than half of the state's prison guards have signed a petition to de-certify from the AFSCME.

This comes after an executive order asking non-union members to pay fees, and the union's opposition of a bill requiring officers to be certified.

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Contents: spokesperson for corrections officers, Gary Gross says AFSCME lobbied against bill fearing officers would take over

The chief negotiator for the union says they are working on a proposal to waive fair share dues for non-union employees.

At the Captiol, I'm Richard Jordan for KMOX News.