What are So-Called ‘Right to Work’ and Paycheck Deception Bills All About?

Too often in Jefferson City, extremist politicians focus on political payback and protecting big corporations instead of investing in the middle class and creating the good jobs that will get our economy moving again.  We need our leaders to stop the political attacks and build a Missouri economy that works for everyone.


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Missouri Senate leader on the fence about ‘right to work’

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, says he has yet to take a position on the “right-to-work’’ bill that is headed to his chamber after passing the House last week. “I’m still looking at it,’’ Dempsey said in an interview.

Associated Press, Feb. 11: Missouri Takes a Step Toward Becoming ‘Right-to-Work’ State

Missouri took a step toward joining 24 other states with right-to-work laws when its House voted Wednesday to bar the collection of fees from workers who choose not to join a union.

The vote of 92 to 66 with two lawmakers voting present, marks an advance for supporters of right-to-work after a similar measure last year had failed to get a constitutional majority of 82 lawmakers in favor and Republican leaders dropped it. House Speaker John Diehl said in a statement the bill would get final approval Thursday.

The measure still faces an uphill climb to become law. It must pass the Senate and then would go to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who repeated on Wednesday his opposition.

Kansas City Star, Feb. 11: Missouri House gives initial approval to right-to-work bill

Legislation barring construction unions from charging fees to non-union workers won initial approval of the Missouri House Wednesday. The legislation, dubbed right to work, is the most contentious of disputes between management and unions played out in state legislatures across the nation. It still needs one more vote in the House before it would go to the Senate, where it would likely face a filibuster.

St. Louis Public Radio, Feb 9: Missouri House Ready To Take On ‘Right to Work’ Measure

After a contentious hearing Monday night in Jefferson City, the House Select Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations voted 6-2 in favor of legislation – dubbed by backers as “right to work’’ – that would bar employers and unions from requiring all workers in a bargaining unit to pay union dues if a majority vote to organize. The full House is expected to take up the measure – which combines two bills, HB116 and HB569 – later this week.

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