Governor Bob Holden has vetoed a bill that would prevent unions from collecting dues from state employees who choose not to join the unions. The forced fee squabble stems from the Governor’s 2001 executive order giving some state workers the right to bargain collectively. That order also gave unions the right to collect what they call bargaining fees from non-union employees working for any state agency covered by a union contract. The Legislature will now have the opportunity to override the veto. Failure to do so will see the Office of Administration sending the fee-collection rule to the Secretary of State to have it published in the Missouri Register, making it official.
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