Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Joplin teachers approve collective bargaining by a wide margin
Today's election was the first of two. In the next step, the teachers will decide if they want to be represented by Joplin NEA or by the Joplin Teachers Association, which is affiliated with the Missouri State Teachers Association.
Out of 216 who voted, 162 voted to be represented by one organization and 46 wanted both organizations, while eight opted not to be represented and supposedly continue to "meet and confer" as Board President Anne Sharp said during the candidate forum at Missouri Southern State University Monday night.
The teachers needed only 109 votes, more than 50 percent, and topped that by a wide margin.