Two Springfield teacher unions will go before a judge today with this question: Who is allowed to vote on contracts?
The Springfield National Education Association is the elected representative for all of the area’s teachers, counselors and librarians. The Missouri State Teachers Association, which made an unsuccessful bid to become the representative, said its members — and those who don’t belong to either union — have been shut out.
The judge’s answer to the lawsuit filed by MSTA last summer could clear up the local dispute and also have far-reaching implications. It could set precedent in a state where there is limited case law governing public-sector collective bargaining.