The President of the Missouri A-F-L C-I-O sayscollective bargaining is a big win for organized labor in the state. But Hugh McVey says while state workers have received the right to get into a union through Governor Bob Holden’s order, the process is still going slow. And, McVey says even with collective bargaining rights, the reality of the economy keeps the chances of pay raises and increased benefits slim for now. McVey says the biggest challenge his group faces for other union workers in the state is keeping jobs in Missouri a task made tougher witha slow economy and the loss of jobs in the manufacturing sector. He says the recent layoffs in the airline industry and the pending closure of Ford’s Hazelwood plant should be demoralizing for everyone in the state.
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