Right To Work

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.”

Gubernatorial Candidates Running On Same Issue: Jobs

Nov 5, 2012
(Nixon: via Missouri Governor’s website, Spence: courtesy Alpha Packaging)

Four years ago, Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon was elected by 19 points: a landslide. But this time around, it may not be so easy for him. Some polls show St. Louis businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence within striking distance of the Governor. The race has been personal at times, but it’s primarily been about one overarching issue: jobs.

Dave Spence owns a couple of plastics businesses. One of those businesses is Alpha Packaging.

Nixon, McCaskill Speak At Union Rally

Oct 16, 2012
Chris McDaniel

All the Missouri Democratic players were in St. Louis Tuesday, speaking to hundreds of rallying union members. Senator Claire McCaskill joined Governor Jay Nixon and numerous other Democratic candidates onstage.

The incumbent Senator used her stage-time to take a couple of shots at her opponent, Republican Congressman Todd Akin. Akin made national headlines for his comments concerning “legitimate rape,” a statement McCaskill is trying to make sure Missouri voters don’t forget.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Community activists and labor interests in Missouri are getting an early start on combating efforts next year to cap the state’s minimum wage and turn Missouri into a right-to-work state.

Lawmakers failed to freeze the state’s minimum wage during this year’s session, and the right-to-work issue only got a few hours of debate with no vote.

(Missouri Senate Website)

Missouri lawmakers are expected to debate controversial right-to-work legislation this week.

One bill would prohibit closed-union shops, in which all employees must pay fees for union representation. The Senate sponsor is Republican Luann Ridgeway of Smithville.

AP photo/Andy Manis

Missouri legislative leaders don't expect walkouts by Democrats in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states over labor union issues to happen here.

Democrats and union leaders in the Show-Me State are opposing legislation in the State Senate that would make Missouri a right-to-work state.

  • St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay calls a new report documenting a plummeting population "absolutely bad news." News U.S. Census figures released Thursday show that the Gateway City lost nearly 29,000 people over the past decade, a decline of about 8 percent of its population. The reports said the city had a population of a little more than 319,000 in 2010.
Missouri Capitol building
Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

Some Republican senators want to prohibit union-only work places, which they contend could deter some businesses from locating in Missouri.

Missouri businesses currently have the option of requiring union fees from employees.

Legislation filed Thursday by Republican Sen. Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, would refer the union issue to voters next year.

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