St. Louis Public Radio News
4:33 pm
Wed December 18, 2002

Holden Collective Bargaining Order Upheld

Jefferson City, MO – A state appeals court has upheld an executive order from Gov. Bob Holden giving collective bargaining rights to thousands of state employees.

Tuesday's decision rejects an attempt to reinstate a lawsuit against the order.

Supporters of the lawsuit say Holden illegally bypassed the Legislature and that his order could force employees to pay a fee even if they don't join a union.

But the court says Holden's order is merely a directive, and thus cannot even be challenged in the courts.