Right-to-work measure moves to Greitens desk

10 months 1 week 5 days ago Thursday, February 02 2017 Feb 2, 2017 Thursday, February 02, 2017 3:57:00 PM CST February 02, 2017 in News
By: Daytona Everett, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - A right-to-work bill made its way through House voting and is now resting on the shoulders of Gov. Eric Greitens.

The bill will allow employees to opt out of paying unions involuntarily.

Greitens has publicly supported the bill.

There has been plenty of opposition to the legislation including from Rep. Bob Burns, D-St. Louis.

“They’re fighting for business,” he said. “They think it’s going to bring more jobs, but it’s going to lower the standards, lower the standard of wages, and it’s not going to bring more jobs. If it does, they’ll be minimum wage jobs.”

Union members are especially frustrated with the bill.

“The long game is, we’ll fight to get it on a ballot,” union member Dean Connatchel said. “Instead of having it shoved down our throat, we want it on a ballot.”

Connatchel said the passing of right-to-work legislation will not quiet the passionate union supporters and community.

Rep. Craig Redmon, R-Canton, supported the bill. He said it would help boost Missouri’s job force and enforce a better economy and encourage more companies to locate in Missouri.

“One of the first questions they ask is are you right to work?” Redmon said. “And we’ve been told, and seen through numbers, is 35 percent of those companies if we’re not right to work, don’t even look at Missouri,”

This isn’t the first time right-to-work legislation has been introduced in Missouri.

Former Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a similar bill but Greitens will have the opportunity to sign the bill into law in the review process.

If passed, it would go in to effect Aug. 28, making Missouri the 28th right to work state.

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