A group of home health care workers and supporters sing "home health care carols" outside the Mo. Governor's Mansion, in the hope that Gov. Jay Nixon would issue an executive order implementing a recently agreed-to wage hike. His Office of Admin. announced instead plans to use an administrative rule to implement the wage hike.
Home health-care workers in Missouri may be getting a Christmas present from Gov. Jay Nixon, in the form of an administrative rule to implement a pay hike.
But the proposed rule change appears to be a present they want to return or exchange.
Groups that support the workers, including their union representatives, oppose the use of an administrative rule to implement the wage hike because the Republican-led legislature can pass a resolution rejecting the rule. They favor an executive order instead.
A four-year legal struggle over whether Missouri’s home care workers can unionize is finally over.
The Missouri Supreme Court has chosen to let stand the most recent ruling surrounding the results of a 2010 election, in which a majority of home care workers voted to form a labor union. A circuit court judge had blocked the state from certifying the election results, but the Court of Appeals for the Western District reversed that decision. The High Court’s decision to take no further action means that home care workers can begin negotiations on a union contract with the state.