Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is predicting that voters will get a chance to decide whether to make Missouri the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law.
Kinder said while attending a Chicago conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council that he believes fellow Republicans in the Legislature will refer the measure to the ballot next year.
The measure would prohibit union membership or fees from being a condition of employment in Missouri.
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The St. Louis branch of the NAACP is teaming up with local labor union groups to fight against efforts in Jefferson City to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state.
Chapter President Adolphus Pruitt says African-Americans are more likely to be union members than any other ethnicities in the United States, so the partnership makes sense.
“Right-to-work is a problem that exists across the country," Pruitt said. "It’s trying to rear its ugly head up here in Missouri, (and) we’re gonna find a way to fight it back.”
Labor union members from across Missouri descended on the State Capitol today, hoping to convince lawmakers to defeat bills they say are anti-worker.
The Missouri Senate spent a few hours Wednesday debating legislation that would bar labor unions for public workers from withholding money from public employees’ paychecks.
The so-called "Paycheck Protection" bill would also require consent from public employees before labor unions can use fees and dues for political purposes. State Senator Paul LeVota (D, Independence) says the bill should be called “paycheck deception."
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