Investigation finds merit in union complaint


HELENA — There is "probable merit" to the unfair labor practice charge filed by state employee unions after the Legislature nixed their negotiated pay deal, a Montana Department of Labor Investigator said Wednesday in a report.

The unions filed the complaint last month with the Board of Personnel Appeals after the Republican-dominated Legislature refused to adopt raises the unions negotiated with Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer. It was the first time state employee unions have taken such an action. Traditionally those contracts have been ratified by the Legislature.

The original agreem...

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