Workers Rally in Jefferson City
Social worker Bradley Harmon says he wants a change. He is one of many who came to the Capitol to protest the rights of state workers.
"We're trying to negotiate a contract with the governor right now - unfortunately it's gotten to a point where either himself or his staff don't want to talk to us - we're having to take this to the people," Harmon said. In May the Missouri Supreme Court gave public employees the right to collective bargaining. The Communications Workers of America represents many of those employees, it's seeking pay raises and more, but the CWA says Governor Blunt refuses to abide by that court ruling.
In May, Blunt issued a statement about the ruling, saying, "This is yet another example of judicial activism. This reckless decision could force cities and school districts to raise taxes and subject Missourians to the threat of strikes by critical public sector employees." The protestors came on a day when Governor Blunt was not in town. They did put up signs and notes all over his gate, but the city took those down almost immediately. In the first protest over the issue, on a holiday for the government, no real change can yet be made. On account of the holiday, the governor's office was unavailable for comment.