The first collective bargaining agreement resulting from Governor Bob Holden’s executive order allowing some state workers to unionize has been reached. 6,800 Missouri corrections workers have struck a tentative deal with the state. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the union representing theemployees, says bargaining has paid off. Highlights of the three-year tentative agreement include a $7.7-Million payout to workers of compensatory time income they had earned … and a new system that will end the buildup of unpaid overtime and holiday pay. The rank and file must still vote to ratify the agreement before it become a “done deal.” The union insists it is not at all concerned with ongoing legal efforts challenging the executive order.
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