Right To Work

Politically Speaking
4:06 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Politically Speaking: 'Right To Work,' Rep. Barnes And Medicaid

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon.

On this week’s podcast, Jason and Jo discuss the roadblocks to getting “right to work” on the ballot and why upcoming campaign finance reports matter. For the rest of the show, the Politically Speaking crew talks with Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City.

During the show, Barnes described his proposal to expand Medicaid – which some see as an alternative to the straight-up Medicaid expansion that Gov. Jay Nixon supports. Barnes also discussed his efforts to find out more about Missouri’s unsuccessful bid to lure Boeing’s 777X to Missouri.

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Right-to-Work
10:13 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Right-To-Work Bill Praised, Blasted During House Hearing

A standing-room-only crowd awaits the start of a hearing on House Bill 1099, which would make Missouri a right-to-work state.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A bill to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.

As written, the so-called "Freedom to Work Act" (House Bill 1099) would bar workers from being required to "engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices" as a condition for employment.  It's sponsored by State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield.

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Politics
9:59 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kinder: Right To Work Likely To Go To Mo. Ballot

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews)

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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Politically Speaking
12:16 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Politically Speaking: Speaker Jones On The Income Tax And Gun Nullification Bills

House Speaker Tim Jones appears on the Politically Speaking podcast.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

 

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Right-to-Work legislation
4:54 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

St. Louis NAACP Teams Up With Labor To Fight Right-To-Work Efforts

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.”

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Labor Unions
5:46 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Labor Union Members Rally At The Mo. Capitol, Call On Lawmakers To Defeat "Anti-Worker" Bills

Around 200 labor union members rallied outside the Mo. Capitol on March 27th, 2013, voicing opposition to "anti-worker" bills in the Mo. House and Senate.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Labor union members from across Missouri descended on the State Capitol today, hoping to convince lawmakers to defeat bills they say are anti-worker.

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Paycheck protection
10:33 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

"Paycheck Protection" Bill Remains Stalled In Mo. Senate

Mo. Capitol at night
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

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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Prevailing wage requirement
7:46 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Mo. Sen. Committee Considers Bill That Would Eliminate Prevailing Wage Rule

Mo. Sen. Committee on Small Business, Insurance and Industry hears testimony on legislation to eliminate the prevailing wage requirement.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would eliminate the prevailing wage requirement in Missouri was heard Tuesday by a State Senate committee.


The state calculates various wages that are to be paid in each county and in St. Louis for construction trades on building projects.  The sponsor, State Senator Dan Brown (R, Rolla), says eliminating prevailing wage requirements would give smaller businesses outside of St. Louis and Kansas City a fair shot at landing construction contracts.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:26 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Update: Missouri Legislative Session - Right-To-Work, Voter I.D., Etc.

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Legislative action here on Thursday by Sen. Jason Crowell would refer the "right-to-work" issue to voters next year. (St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

This year’s Missouri legislative session is well underway.

Among the topics up for consideration in Jefferson City are right-to-work legislation and voter-ID requirements.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Public Radio statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin about those topics and others.

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Right-to-Work legislation
4:37 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Hearing On Right-To-Work Bill Draws Hundreds To Mo. Capitol

A near standing-room-only crowd listens to testimony on HB 77, which would make Missouri a right-to-work state.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Supporters and opponents of legislation that would make Missouri a right-to-work state crowded into a hearing room today at the State Capitol.

House Bill 77 would forbid workers from being forced to join unions or pay union dues as a condition of employment.  Greg Hoberock, national chair of Associated Builders and Contractors, testified in favor of the measure.

“I think you need a balance," Hoberock said.  "I don’t think this bill excludes union membership -- I think it give the employee(s) the right to make their own choice to further (their) income and to have a job and to do what they want to do.”

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