- The State Board of Mediation’s position, based on Missouri Supreme Court opinions and the language of state statutes, is that proceedings before the Board constitute the practice of law. Consequently, going forward, all new petitions and other motions must be filed by an attorney licensed in the State of Missouri or appearing pro hac vice. Individuals representing themselves before the Board are not required to have an attorney.
- Memo to Parties
What is the State Board of Mediation?
The State Board of Mediation is a quasi-judicial board that administers the Public Sector Labor Law (RSMo. Chapter 105.500 - 105.530), which covers most public sector employees who seek union representation.
The board defines an appropriate bargaining unit of employees based on whether or not they share a community of interest and, if certified, determines majority representation status by conducting a secret ballot election. Jurisdiction includes all counties, cities, school districts, special districts, and departments of state government, with a few exceptions.
About the Chair
Todd Smith - Chair, State Board of Mediation
Prior to founding Strategic Methods, LLC, a governmental consulting firm, in 2009, Smith had extensive state and local government experience. He served as both director and deputy director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations from 2007-2008. Since September of 2017, he has served as chair of the State Board of Mediation and, in July 2021, added the role of director of the Division of Labor Standards.
Smith is a veteran legislator having served fourteen years in the Missouri House of Representatives. Smith also served as Governor Matt Blunt’s Director of Legislative Affairs and was Presiding Commissioner of Pettis County.