Collective Bargaining

MNEA believes in the plain language of the Missouri Constitution:

That employees shall have the right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing.

Missouri NEA fought to reclaim this right. On May 29, 2007, the Missouri Supreme Court confirmed in its ruling of Independence NEA vs. Independence School District that public employees, including teachers and education support professionals, have a constitutional right to bargain collectively with their employers. At the 2008 Fall Representative Assembly, the governing body voted to uphold MNEA's official position on collective bargaining.

MNEA's position statement on collective bargaining 

After the Supreme Court ruling, education employees in school districts across the state began working to develop collective bargaining processes in their districts.

The MNEA Bargaining Assessment Team (BAT) was created to assist MNEA affiliated local associations become the exclusive collective bargaining representative in their school district as well as set up goals for achieving a collectively bargained agreement. Upon your request, BAT will meet with your local to assess its readiness to bargain by determining:


  1. Where the local is on the bargaining readiness scale?
  2. Where does the local want to be?
  3. How can MNEA help you reach your goals?


MNEA local associations can request a visit from the BAT by completing the pre-meeting questionnaire.  Your UniServ Director can also set up bargaining training for your local association.

For organizing your local association and bargaining salary, benefits and other working conditions with your school district, contact your UniServ Director at 800-392-0236.

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