Missouri House passes 'Right-to-Work' measure to restrict unions

January 19, 2017 - 10:28 am
Jefferson City, MO - Once the GOP gained control of all branches of Missouri government, the so-called "Right-to-Work" legislation jumped front and center and is moving quickly through Missouri's capital, on its way to becoming law.

The bill prohibits mandatory union fees in workplaces and it found overwhelming support in the House with a vote of 100-59 for the measure.
The bill now moves to the state Senate. 

If the bill becomes law, employees won't be required to pay union fees, but a union may still be required to represent all employees. 

Those in favor say "right-to-work" laws give employees more freedom and will bring jobs to the state. Opponents argue that it will take power away from employees through collective bargaining and lead to lower wages. 

Governor Jay Nixon had vetoed similar legislation. But new Governor Eric Greitens, is expected to sign it into law if the bill passes the Senate. 
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