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Public Worker Unions

The Missouri House in session on March 17, 2015.
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House members, on Wednesday, overturned Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of House Bill 1891, the so-called paycheck protection bill, which would bar public employee labor unions from withholding dues from workers’ checks without their written permission.

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In a case from Illinois that may not reach outside that state, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Pamela Harris, whose child’s disabilities required that he have around-the-clock care. She became his home health worker and objected to having to pay union dues that she thought reduced the amount of money she had to care for her child.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: As expected, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that he had vetoed SB29, a bill to stop public employers – including school boards and the city of St. Louis – from deducting union dues from members’ paychecks without an annual authorization.

The bill also would have required a separate annual authorization before dues money could be spent on political activities.

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The Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a scaled-backed version of the so-called Paycheck Protection bill.

The original bill would have barred unions from automatically withholding dues from the paychecks of public employees, but Senate Democrats spent nearly ten hours Monday night and Tuesday morning blocking the bill. The filibuster ended when the bill was changed to allow annual consent for withholding union dues from paychecks.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: An email campaign against state Sens. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, and Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, may have resulted in unintended consequences.

The Missouri chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative organization, targeted LeVota and Nasheed for slowing down state Sen. Dan Brown’s bill to stop public sector unions from automatically deducting dues.