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On March 8, 2019 the Circuit Court in St. Louis issued an order enjoining the Missouri Department of Labor and the Missouri State Board of Mediation from administering and enforcing the changes made to the state's public sector labor organization law as passed by the legislature in HB 1413 (2018).

The Department is reviewing this order and further updates will be posted as appropriate.

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 - 105.598), 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.


State Board of Mediation
3315 W. Truman Blvd., Rm 211
P.O. Box 2071
Jefferson City, MO 65102-2071
Phone: 573-751-3614
Fax: 573-751-0083


About the Chair

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Prior to founding Strategic Methods, LLC, a governmental consulting firm, in 2009, Mr. 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 working on workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, prevailing wage, workplace safety programs, minimum wage and discrimination initiatives.

Mr. Smith is a veteran legislator having served fourteen years in the Missouri House of Representatives. Mr. Smith also served as Governor Mat Blunt’s Director of Legislative Affairs and was Presiding Commissioner of Pettis County.

Active in a wide variety of local community, civic and fraternal organizations, Mr. Smith has served for six years, two as Chairman, on the Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS) and was the Governor’s representative to the Missouri Housing Development Commission, the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MoHELA) and served on the Missouri Intergovernmental Cooperation Commission as both a local elected official and as a legislator.