JEFFERSON CITY — The House voted today to require school districts to negotiate contracts with teacher councils.
It's an attempt to set up a structure for collective bargaining.
The legislation comes after a Missouri Supreme Court decision last year holding that public employees are allowed to collectively bargain. That overturned a 1947 Supreme Court decision that had construed a constitutional right to collective bargaining to apply only to private-sector employees.
The bill guarantees any association whose members account for at least 10 percent of the district's teachers to have a spot on the council.
Bill critics include one of the state's largest teachers unions. They argue that teachers should be able to decide their representatives through an election.