Labor Relations Overview: Missouri
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
- The Missouri Constitution provides that "employees shall have the right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing." See Missouri Labor Law- Private Employees.
- Private employees are permitted to strike for a lawful purpose. See Missouri Labor Law- Private Employees, Right to Strike.
- Missouri's Public Sector Labor Law provides statutory guidelines for collective bargaining for most public employees, except law enforcement officers and teachers. See Missouri Public Sector Labor Law-Public Employees.
- Public sector labor law allows employers to reject all employee proposals, as long as the employer has met and conferred with employee representatives. See Missouri Public Sector Labor Law-Public Employees, Duty of Public Employer to Confer with Labor Organizations.
- Public employees are not permitted to strike. See Missouri Public Sector Labor Law-Public Employees, No Right to Strike for Public Employees.