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Missouri Home Care Workers Vote to Unionize May 5, 2010

Posted by kbianews in St. Louis Public Radio.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin brings us this report. A majority of home care workers in Missouri have voted in favor of union representation. The results were announced May 5 in Jefferson City, with about 60 percent of the state’s home care workers voting to unionize. Home care workers provide various services for homebound patients, like transportation, shopping, cooking and bathing. Joe Lawrence is spokesman for the Missouri Home Care Union:

“They’re ready to go to the bargaining table to establish a more stable workforce, to address issues that affect consumers. This is a service that keeps thousands of Missourians at home and out of nursing homes.”

In a similar election last summer, the vote count for unionization was nearly 85 percent. But the results were tossed out in court, after a lawsuit was filed alleging a number of procedural flaws. In 2008, Missouri voters approved a ballot initiative that allowed home care workers to unionize.


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