The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen has taken the first step in establishing a collective bargaining process for city employees.
The board held the first reading of an ordinance that sets out a structure for the designation of a bargaining unit, a bargaining agent and the bargaining process. The vote was unanimous.
City Attorney Ed Rucker said the Missouri Supreme Court has held that public employees are entitled to collective bargaining rights similar to employees in the private sector. If a city does not have an ordinance to manage the collective bargaining process, the courts could step in and order the process.
According to the ordinance, which will be considered for its second reading at the April 4 board meeting, any labor organization seeking designation as a bargaining agent to represent employees must submit a written description of the bargaining unit sought. Within 14 days, the mayor and board of aldermen will appoint a three-person recognition committee consisting of the city administrator and two members from the board of aldermen.
The committee then has three options:
•Agree to the unit
•Send the description back to the labor organization for clarification.
•Reject the unit as being inappropriate with specific written reasons
The labor organization can either accept the committee’s decision or appeal to the board of aldermen within 14 days.
Within 45 days of the bargaining unit being established, a secret election would be held to determine whether the majority of employees in the unit want to be represented by the labor organization for collective bargaining.