Missouri stops withholding union dues for prison guards

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The state of Missouri has stopped withholding union dues from the bimonthly paychecks of prison guards in what the union’s grievance officer calls a “pitiful attempt to bankrupt” the labor organization.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the maneuver by Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s administration has left the Missouri Correctional Officers Association with a funding shortfall as it negotiates a new contract with the state for 5,000-plus guards and sergeants. The union and the state have been negotiating a new contract since the old one expired Sept. 18. Union members are working under terms of the old contract.

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