The following is an attempt to supply both labor and management with a starting point from which to assess their relative positions under the law. While an attempt will be made to avoid excessive use of personal opinion, it should be understood at the outset that very little of the law as it currently applies to public employees in Missouri has been tested in the courtroom, and consequently, judgments as to the exact meaning of particular facets of the law must occasionally be made for the sake of meaningful discussion. The first part of this article The first part of this article will examine the constitutional parameters set by the Missouri Supreme Court for collective labor activities by public employees. The second part will trace the development of the statute law in Missouri. A third part will set out some current problem areas, such as charter cities, exclusions from the law, unit determinations, union security and work stoppages.

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