Building Trades Rally at MO Capitol
"We're just trying to be a service to the state of Missouri," said John Lindsey, a pipefitter from Ashland. "It seems like some branches of the government tend to want to beat on the unions and take away our tools that we use to, in fact, do our jobs."
And, Lindsey added, workers also need those tools to survive.
"Our goal is for the politicians to understand that we would prefer them not to mess with the prevailing wage, to leave our unemployment alone, workman's comp issues alone, things like that."
Lindsey and other workers told lawmakers which bills would help, such as keeping payment of the prevailing wage and keeping undocumented workers off state projects, and which would harm their industry. They also told them union workers play a crucial role here.
"We're more of an asset to the state of Missouri because of our health and welfare and our pension plans," added Emmett Gardner, a union member from Fulton.
Members say they generate the equivalent of 17% of the state's revenue.