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Labor groups sue to block new law restricting Missouri unions



Unions representing public-sector employees sued Monday to block a new Missouri law they say “effectively eviscerates” their ability to bargain for employees, the Associated Press reports.

The so-called “paycheck protection law,” set to take effect Tuesday, requires unions in the state hold regular recertification votes, limit the topics about which they bargain and receive annual permission to deduct dues from members’ paychecks.

The suit seeks an injunction against the law and recognition that it violates the Missouri Constitution.

There are seven plaintiffs in the case, including the Ferguson-Florissant National Education Association, the Missouri National Education Association and chapters of the Operating Engineers, Teamsters and Service Employees unions.

The law also includes provisions opening picketers to the possibility of immediate firing and requiring labor agreements to give management the power to change reasonable work rules and procedures.

The law is one of several measures reducing union powers passed by Missouri’s Republican-controlled legislature and former Gov. Eric Greitens, who signed the bill before resigning June 1.

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