New Union Agreement with KC Police Sparks Outrage
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new collective bargaining agreement for Kansas City police officers is causing a stir with Missouri House Republicans.
The new agreement requires officers who don't belong to their union to pay $73 in annual fees.
GOP Reps. Eric Burlison, of Springfield, and Rick Brattin, of Harrisonville, are citing the agreement as a reason to restrict how public safety unions can use their money. They're pushing legislation that would bar unions representing first responders from using dues for political contributions without consent.
The Missouri Senate was expected to take up a separate bill on paycheck deductions Monday. That version would not apply to "first responders" but would prevent all other labor organizations from automatically collecting dues out of members' paychecks.