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Missouri Home Care Union hopes for first contract

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 7:57 a.m. CDT; updated 1:15 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A union representing 13,000 workers who provide in-home care to the disabled says it hopes a decision by the Missouri Supreme Court can clear the way for negotiations with the state on a contract.

The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear an appeal of a May ruling upholding a vote by the workers to be represented by the Missouri Home Care Union. The union says that clears the "last legal obstacle delaying negotiations" on its first contract.

The workers are paid by the state to help the disabled in their homes with daily tasks such as bathing and cleaning.

They were given the right to unionize under a 2008 ballot initiative approved by voters. But the certification of a subsequent unionization vote was tied up in court.


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