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    Default Missouri Right-to-work bill for construction unions passes House committee

    On Wednesday, February 4, a Missouri House of Representatives committee passed a so-called “right to work” bill for the building trades, sponsored by state Rep. Courtney Curtis – a black Democrat representing part of North St. Louis County, including Ferguson. All of the bill’s supporters were Republicans in the 8-4 vote.

    In his testimony before the Workforce Standards and Development Committee, Curtis argued that the bill is about equality. He said inequality and discrimination within the construction unions is not new.

    “It works for some, but it does not work for me,” he said. “And it doesn’t work for the people I’m fighting for.”

    The unions’ “practices of legal discrimination,” he said, have recently manifested in St. Louis-area legislation that require bidders on government contracts of $25,000 or more to maintain or participate in a Department of Labor-approved apprentice program. Union contractors are often the only ones that meet that requirement, making city contracts “anticompetitive for minority contractors,” he said. And those apprentice programs also have low minority participation, he said.
    Right-to-work bill for construction unions passes House committee - Local News - Mobile Adv

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    Missouri unions prepare for another right-to-work fight
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A new fight over right-to-work may take place this year as Republicans enjoy a larger majority.

    A Missouri House committee approved right-to-work bills this week, setting the stage for a potential vote on an issue that drew national attention last year when the measure failed to get the constitutional majority needed in the House.
    Read more: Missouri unions prepare for another right-to-work fight | KMOV.com St. Louis

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    Paycheck bills heard in House committee
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After conducting hearings on various Right-to-Work bills last week — including one filed by a black Democrat — lawmakers in the Missouri House moved forward this week with more legislation aimed at labor. House Reps Bill Lant and Holly Rehder, both Republicans, had public hearings on bills dubbed by supporters as “paycheck protection.”

    Opponents of the bills have taken to calling it “paycheck deception” and, at its core, it would change the current public employee union due collection from an “opt-out” program to “opt-in.”
    Paycheck bills heard in House committee - The Missouri Times

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    House panel advances bills aimed at restricting Missouri labor unions



    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Ahead of Wednesday’s vote on “right-to-work,” a Missouri House committee led by Rep. Bill Lant, R-Pineville, passed legislation aiming to restrict the activity of labor unions in Missouri.

    On Monday, Lant’s committee heard two bills, one of which he sponsored, that would prohibit public employees from being required to pay dues or fees to a labor union and would require those who choose to pay to provide annual, written authorization for those dues to be deducted from their paychecks.

    For Lant, the issue is the political action taken on by unions. While it is illegal under federal law for unions to be directly involved in electoral politics, Lant does not believe groups like teachers unions should be able to have their union dues automatically deducted.
    House panel advances bills aimed at restricting Missouri labor unions - Joplin Globe: Local News

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    Missouri House Approves Right-To-Work Bill, But Margin Not Veto-Proof
    For the first time ever, the Missouri House has approved a right-to-work bill that curbs union rights.

    But the House’s 92-66 vote Wednesday afternoon was far short of the number – 109 -- needed to withstand a likely veto by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat with close union ties.

    Final House approval came Thursday morning. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future and a possible Democratic filibuster.

    Sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, the bill would bar unions and employers from requiring all workers to join a union, and pay union fees, if a majority votes to organize.
    Missouri House Approves Right-To-Work Bill, But Margin Not Veto-Proof | St. Louis Public Radio

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    Missouri Senate leader skeptical ‘right-to-work’ will make it to governor

    “I’m kind of disappointed by the number votes there with such an overwhelming majority of Republicans,” said Richard, R-Joplin. “There’s such a big majority over there. I don’t know what message that sends to some of my senators on the edge.”
    “I don’t now if there’s a burning desire at this point or not with a Democratic governor,” he said. “It’d be easier to pass if we have a Republican governor.”
    Missouri Senate leader skeptical ‘right-to-work’ will make it to governor | PoliticMo

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    Missouri Senate leader on the fence about 'right to work'
    Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, says he has yet to take a position on the “right-to-work’’ bill that is headed to his chamber after passing the House last week.

    “I’m still looking at it,’’ Dempsey said in an interview.
    He also remains skeptical that the measure — which would restrict union rights in the workplace — has enough Senate votes to override what he sees as “a certain veto’’ by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat with close labor ties.

    Dempsey’s candid observations underscore the uncertain future that the “right to work’’ bill faces, even after the House’s first-time-ever approval.
    Missouri Senate leader on the fence about 'right to work' | St. Louis Public Radio

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    Missouri House Passes ‘Right to Work’ Bill, Ignoring Threat of a Veto
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A bill that would make Missouri the latest state to adopt so-called right-to-work laws or policies passed the Republican-controlled House here on Thursday, but without enough votes to override an expected veto from the Democratic governor.

    The business groups and conservatives that have for years pushed for a Missouri right-to-work law had hoped they would have enough votes this year to enact the measure, which failed last year. But Thursday’s vote, in which 23 Republicans joined Democrats in opposing the measure, suggested that the bill might again die this year.

    Nevertheless, supporters of right-to-work laws, which allow workers who choose not to join a labor union to avoid paying the equivalent of dues, celebrated the bill’s passage even while they acknowledged that significant obstacles remained.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/us...veto.html?_r=1

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    Missouri Senate panel considers right-to-work measure
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some St. Louis area business executives are breaking ranks with the state's largest business organizations and speaking out against a Missouri bill that would bar mandatory union fees.

    A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on right-to-work legislation that would prohibit union contracts from requiring fees from non-members.

    Many business groups, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, support the measure. They say it would make Missouri more attractive to businesses.
    Missouri Senate panel considers right-to-work measure : News

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