INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office is asking for an immediate stay after a judge struck down the right-to-work statue in a ruling made on July 17 that has just come to light on Wednesday.
Lake County Circuit Court Special Judge George Paras ruled in the lawsuit United Steel v. Zoeller and found unconstitutional the right-to-work law, which prohibits charging union dues to workers who are not members of the union at that employer.
Judge Paras did not stay his ruling and ordered that it take effect immediately upon its entry into the chronological case summary.
Zoeller’s office seeks an immediate stay of the ruling so the statute can remain in effect and the status quo can remain in place while the ruling is appealed.
“Strong opinions exist on both sides about involuntary union dues, but the Attorney General’s Office has a duty to defend the laws the Legislature passes from legal challenges plaintiffs file. If a trial court finds a law unconstitutional, then the appropriate action is to stay its ruling pending the appeal,” Zoeller said.
#MOLeg: Paycheck deduction bill and RTWFL die in Missouri legislature, likely to return next year - Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Unions are breathing a sigh of relief now that the controversial issues of right to work and paycheck protection have all but expired.
Right to work, the more well-known of the two, failed a month ago. It would have prohibited organized labor from bargaining for the security clause, which requires new hires to join the workplace union.
In April, the House finalized the language for House Bill 1770, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, but the chamber was four votes shy of the necessary 82 to move the legislation on to the Senate. Since then, right to work hasn’t been brought up for a final House vote.
Paycheck protection, however, narrowly passed the House by a single vote, 83-69. It was poised for a final vote in the Senate until early Tuesday morning, when Senate Republicans and Democrats reached a compromise, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Republicans agreed not to pursue the paycheck deduction and voter identification bills in return for a guarantee from Democrats not to filibuster bills related to early voting and an expanded abortion waiting period.
Although “right to work” measures have been around since 1947, “paycheck protection” is a relatively new piece of legislation, said Clark Brown, a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, would have required public sector unions to get annual written authorization from its constituents to retain their membership and use their money for political campaign contributions. It would have appeared as a ballot measure this fall.
Rehder said in an interview that she disliked that unions use members’ dues to advocate for political candidates. She said she thought money should go toward representation and settling grievances, pointing to a 2012 list of endorsements by the National Education Association as evidence of how she thought members’ money was used inappropriately.
Rehder said that one of her constituents had a difficult time leaving their union, partly due to the stigma it brought. The paycheck deduction bill would allow people to get out more easily and quietly, erasing some of that pressure, the representative said.
Don Bruemmer, a business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 257 based in Jefferson City, thought Rehder’s points couldn’t be further from the truth.
"It’s a mini-right-to-work bill," he said.
For starters, he said, donations to the union’s political action committee, or PAC, are completely voluntary and not related to dues at all.
About half of the IBEW’s members are in the fund, Bruemmer added.
Secondly, Bruemmer said, public sector union members are already making the choice to be a part of their union.
Those organizations already operate under laws similar to right to work, meaning that if they choose to drop out, they no longer have to pay the union agency fees, the amount to cover representation.
Regarding political endorsements, Bruemmer said that the IBEW mainly follows a list assembled by the AFL-CIO, but it sometimes makes recommendations based on what people the union thinks would most benefit its members.
The AFL-CIO list is made of suggestions submitted by local labor clubs and councils whose members decide which candidates best represent their interests, Bruemmer explained. After the list is compiled, the AFL-CIO distributes it.
Brown,a service union lobbyist, said about one third of Missouri service union members work in the public sector. When one drops out of the union, he’ll check up with that person to ask why.
Of course, it’s no good yelling at them, he said. Many times, his members have gone through a divorce and can’t afford to pay their dues anymore, even if they still support the union.
He said paycheck-protection bill could have backfired. Had the bill passed, organized labor would’ve increased its visibility. It might have had organizers out three months before the annual signup and create call centers to remind their members to re-sign.
All the same, Brown was happy the bill didn’t pass. It wasn’t as bad as the right-to-work bill, but it was the next most detrimental thing that could’ve affected organized labor this year, he said.
It’s “another hoop to jump through,” he said.
ARNOLD, Mo. - The City of Arnold is taking a stance against right-to-work legislation in Missouri.
Councilman Phil Amato and Mayor Pro-Tem Jason Fulbright introduced a resolution saying right to work laws undermine the success of the middle class. They want to send a strong message to lawmakers in Jefferson City.
Supporters of right to work say the law protects individual rights of workers.
The Missouri House endorsed a right-to-work bill in April, but lack the votes necessary for it to move onto the Senate.
So glad that the City of Arnold, Missouri (where my Mom lives) is introducing a resolution against the proposed “right-to-work” for less (RTWFL) bill HB1770.
This week, the Missouri House may take up Right to Work. Speaker of the Missouri House Tim Jones, in an effort to impress shadowy Washington D.C. groups ahead of a potential run for statewide office, has effectively given control of the State House to Grover Norquist, one of America’s most prominent corporate shills despite strong bi-partisan opposition to the bill.
There is a strong bipartisan opposition in the Missouri house to so-called Right to Work. Republicans and Democrats are working together to stop this bill which would be a disaster for Missouri families.
We need to remind Speaker Jones that he represents Missourians, not out-of-state power brokers.
Sign the petition to say NO to RTWFL in Missouri: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-the-out-of-state
Despite strong opposition from both sides of the aisle, extremist lawmakers in the Missouri state Legislature are pushing ahead with a so-called “right-to-work” law that could mean a big pay cut for the state’s middle class.
HB 1770, sponsored by Eric Burlison of Springfield, stalled this week after nearly a third of House Republicans voted against it in a procedural vote. But Speaker Tim Jones says he’ll do whatever it takes to get the votes he needs to pass the bill. Why? Because big national donors like the Koch brothers and fiscal radicals like Grover Norquist issued their marching orders,and House leadership isn’t about to disappoint the people who help pay their bills.
Many members of the Legislature know that “right-to-work” isn’t right for Missouri, and Missouri’s workers don’t support it. Republican John McCaherty says he voted against it because he knows that “right-to-work” will hurt his constituents. If HB 1770 were to pass, he says, “here in the St. Louis area we undoubtedly would see a drop in wages.”
But concern for the people you represent is no way to get ahead in a political climate that’s all about out-of-state money. One Republican representative, Ron Hicks of St. Louis, found himself hounded by interest groups who smeared his name and even sent robo-calls to his home phone number following his “No” vote.
“I understand right-to-work is a big issue across the nation, but I think I should still be able to vote the way my constituents want me to vote,” he told the Washington Post. “This one time I’m going outside the box to stick up for my constituents and all the sudden I’m a RINO [Republican in name only]?”
If the bill passes the Legislature, the measure will appear on a statewide ballot in August, where wildly misleading ballot language will obscure the real intent of the law.
But Missouri voters should make no mistake: “right-to-work” isn’t about your rights at all. It’s simply an attempt to sow division among coworkers and drain union resources so that workers can’t bargain for better pay and conditions.
The Missouri House could vote as soon as Tuesday on a renewed attempt to garner enough votes to send to the state Senate a measure to put a “right to work” proposal on the August ballot.
House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has been leading a vigorous lobbying effort aimed at persuading four of his chamber’s Republicans to join the 78 who voted for the ballot proposal last week. The House fell four votes of the 82 needed to forward the measure to the state Senate.
The four could come from the 19 GOP legislators who cast “No” votes last week, or the 11 Republicans who didn’t vote at all.
The absentees included state Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, who told the Associated Press that he intentionally skipped last Wednesday’s roll call vote. He implied that he feared that any vote he cast could threaten his bid for St. Louis County executive, since the county is generally deemed pro-union turf.
Under “right to work,’’ unions and employers would be barred from requiring all workers to pay dues or fees if a majority vote to join a union. Right-to-work backers say their proposal would guarantee worker freedom, while opponents say the real aim is to choke off union finances because most unions often back Democratic candidates.
Jones, who is expected to seek a statewide office in 2016, has made clear for months that a key goal this session is to win passage of “right to work,” a favorite issue for many national conservative groups.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has been active in the lobbying effort in favor of “right to work,’’ as have some outside groups, notably the conservative FreedomWorks. The advocacy group sent out a list of eight targeted Missouri Republicans – complete with their office phone numbers – for fellow Republicans to contact.
Some Republicans privately have alleged that some advocates have promised money-raising help to reluctant legislators.
Jones oversaw a caucus meeting late Monday of the chamber’s 108 Republicans in a bid to snag the necessary four additional votes. Several allies privately said in interviews that it was unclear whether they had succeeded.
Labor supporters have been active as well, in a quest to keep any new vote count below the needed 82.
Backers have until this legislative session ends in mid-May to conduct new votes on the proposal, but all sides say that any realistic attempt to get “right to work’’ on the August or November ballot would require action within the next couple weeks in order to give Senate supporters time to amass their votes.
The bid to put the proposal on the ballot appears aimed at skirting Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat who has pledged to veto any measure that would put “right to work” in effect. The General Assembly doesn’t need Nixon’s support to place a proposal on a statewide ballot.
Hopefully the Missouri House GOP doesn’t succeed in getting the 82+ votes needed to pass anti-worker HB1770 for it to get sent to the Senate.
Call or email your Missouri State Representative now to tell them to vote NO on anti-worker RTWFL bill HB1770 to keep the Show Me State from being put on the Right To Work For Less list!!!
In a 2005 profile in the Christian Science Monitor, Republican uber-consultant Grover Norquist said this about his party’s goals in state legislatures:
“We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals — and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship.”
In that regard, Mr. Norquist just won an “enormous victory” in Missouri.
We put those two words in the preceding sentence in quotation marks because they are the identical words Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones used on Wednesday to describe what was actually a failed vote to get his veto-proof Republican majority to pass one of his stated priorities: right-to-work legislation intended to weaken unions in the state.
Why would the speaker of the House, who knows a bill or resolution needs a constitutional majority — at least 82 out of 163 — votes to pass, celebrate getting only 78 of them as not only a victory, but an enormous victory? Particularly when he couldn’t even control his own caucus; 19 Republicans voted against the anti-union measure, two voted present and nine others took the proverbial walk out of the chamber to avoid voting.
Reason: Because Grover Norquist will consider it a victory.
Bringing a right-to-work measure to the floor for a vote that couldn’t pass had nothing to do with Missouri workers. It had nothing to do with jobs. It had nothing to do with making Missouri a better state.
It was about fulfilling the goal of Mr. Norquist and other Republican kingmakers to turn the Missouri Capitol “toward bitter nastiness and partisanship.”
They direct big donors in the age of dark money. They are nothing but vultures, and they are winning.
Mr. Norquist is known as the man behind Americans for Tax Reform, the GOP-advocacy group that successfully got a majority of Republicans in Congress to sign a pledge that said they will pretty much never raise taxes.
But it’s not the tax pledge that Mr. Norquist uses to control Republican votes. It’s his access to big money donors like the Koch brothers, and his ability — honed during his alliance with ex-lobbyist-turned-felon Jack Abramoff — to obscure the source of that money by running it through various shell organizations.
A speaker of the House who is looking out for his caucus doesn’t schedule a vote that is destined to fail and put a target on the back of many of his members. That’s really bad politics. But that’s what Mr. Jones did, because for all practical purposes, he’s no longer really the speaker of the House. He’s term-limited. As a putative candidate for some future office, he’ll need Mr. Norquist’s help.
If the price of future fundraising is creating a little “bitter nastiness” in his own party, so be it.
We’ve outlined our opposition to the right-to-work legislation on these pages many times. In short, like local religious leaders, we believe the effort is merely an attempt to hurt Missouri’s workers by reducing their power to bargain collectively.
What all Missourians should care about is the damage Mr. Jones and his ilk are doing to the legislative process for no other motive than lining their own pockets.
Mr. Norquist and his friends now have the names of 30 Republicans who refused to do their bidding. They can ask their donors for money to target those Republicans with advertisements, to recruit future candidates for nasty primaries, to make Missouri even more divided than it already is. Eventually they hope to find 82 stooges who will pass legislation turning the state into their vision of an oligarchical utopia, a reverse Robin Hood society in which the rich take from the poor.
There will now be Missouri political consultants — oxpeckers, we like to call them — lining up to take on those 30 members of the GOP. Many are from the St. Louis region, where they represent businesses and workers who care about middle-class jobs and wages. They will be under pressure to throw their constituents under the bus.
Or perhaps they have other legislation pending, to fix Missouri’s criminal code, or expand Medicaid, or fund schools, or aid the transfer of students from failing schools.
They will be told by the dark money vultures that if they don’t switch their votes on right-to-work, important legislation that serves the state will be held hostage.
This is the Missouri Legislature that Grover Norquist, Washington insider, wants. It has nothing to do with Missouri and it has less than nothing to do with improving the state’s economy.
It is about a hungry vulture looking for a carcass to feed his insatiable hunger.
Say no to the vultures, Missouri lawmakers. You have to be better than that.
Today, there is great news for Missourians and union members alike (and not-so-good news for folks like Dana Loesch, Peter Kinder, Rex Sinquefield, Grover Norquist, ALEC, and the Koch Brothers): The right to work for less bill HB1770 has been quashed, as although the bill passed the House on majority vote 78-68-2 but fell short of the 82 votes threshold, thus rendering the bill dead and off the ballot this year.JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Today the house failed to get the 82 votes required for final passage of the controversial “Right-to-Work” legislation. The bill was perfected today in the House by a vote of 78-68, lacking a majority of the full house and marking a blow for Right-to-Work proponents.Fox2now.com:
Speaker Tim Jones has made the issue a top priority during his tenure as speaker. While early approval of bills only requires a majority of members present, the bill will need 82 votes — a majority of the entire chamber — to advance to the Senate where Senate leaders have been remarkably unenthusiastic about its passage.
Thursday is typically a day for final approval of House bills, but without 82 votes the measure will not leave the body. Opponents of the legislation say the lack of a clear consensus from House Republicans shows that the bill is misguided. Supporters counter that work isn’t finished on the legislation for this session and can be third read at any time until the legislature must adjourn on May 16.JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The 78-68 roll call Wednesday by which the Missouri House gave first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit labor contracts from requiring that all employees pay union fees as a condition of employment, regardless of whether workers are union members.Progress Missouri:
Voting “yes” were 78 Republicans.
Voting “no” were 19 Republicans and 49 Democrats.
Not voting were 11 Republicans and 2 Democrats.Extremists failed to achieve the 82 votes required to advance the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) so-called ‘right to work’ legislation out of the Missouri House today, falling short with only 78 votes in support. Speaker Tim Jones and Majority Floor Leader John Diehl, both local ALEC leaders, were defeated by an impressive bipartisan alliance of Representatives who stood up to Washington, DC corporate front groups driving the attacks.Roll Call Image:
“Today’s defeat of ALEC’s so-called ‘right to work’ legislation demonstrates that Missourians on both sides of the aisle realize that attacking workers on behalf of Wall Street extremists is wrong for Missouri. This is a good day,” said Sean Soendker Nicholson, Executive Director of Progress Missouri. “We urge members of the General Assembly to reject anti-worker legislation and instead focus on building an economy that works for all Missourians.”
BREAKING: RTWFL bill #HB1770 has passed 78-68-2, but fails due to bill being short of 82 votes threshold. #MOLeg
Great news for Missouri!!! It will NOT be a Right To Work For Less state!!!
— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem)April 9, 2014
— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem)April 9, 2014
— The Missouri Times (@MissouriTimes)April 9, 2014
BREAKING: “Right to work” bill fails to advance from House to Senate. Huge bipartisan opposition. #moleg— Working Missouri (@WorkingMissouri)April 9, 2014
Missouri Lt. Gov Peter Kinder (R)’s lying like usual:
— Peter Kinder (@PeterKinder)April 9, 2014
ALERT: Missouri House will debate RWTFL bill #HB1770 at approx. 1:30PM CDT.
House Stream Link: http://streaming.house.mo.gov/chamber/
Extremists in the Missouri House of Representatives are pushing for legislation that would hurt working families, importing a national agenda that faces bipartisan opposition in the state. Despite claims made by the proponents of the legislation, paycheck deception and “right to work" for less bills wouldn’t help the states’ workers and would limit their rights.
If you’re in Missouri, call your state representatives at 888-825-1418 and tell them to oppose “right to work” H.B. 1770.
Last week, the state House of Representatives passed a paycheck deception bill, sending it to the Senate for approval. A similar bill passed last year but was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon (D), who has indicated that he would veto similar legislation if it came to his desk. The extremists in the legislature are seeking to go around the governor by making the issue a public referendum, a move that would no doubt be backed by a well-funded publicity campaign.
Michael Louis, the secretary-treasurer of the Missouri AFL-CIO, said:
Our state’s teachers, nurses, snow plow drivers and other public workers deserve much better than H.B. 1617. The significant bipartisan opposition to this deceptive and unfair bill shows that there continues to be strong concerns about this unnecessary legislative attack on working Missourians. There’s a deep disconnect when extremists pass a bill attacking the same public workers who right now are cleaning up and restoring critical services after dangerous storms.
The extremists in the legislature aren’t done, though, they’re attempting a similar end-run around Nixon to put so-called “right to work” legislation on the ballot later this year. Nixon has made it very clear that he would veto a “right to work” bill.
The Missouri AFL-CIO also has been clear in its opposition to such legislation:
So-called “Right to Work” laws are an attempt by CEOs and multinational corporations to eliminate unions and stack the deck even more in their favor. It’s a power grab by the same people who ship our jobs overseas and offshore their profits—and it would hurt all working people in Missouri.
Missourians aren’t standing idle while the extremist agenda is being pushed on them by the legislature, more than 3,000 rallied last week in opposition to the anti-worker agenda being pushed by the legislature and wealthy out-of-state forces.
Let’s hope the attempt to make the Show-Me State a Right To Work For Less state fails in the Missouri House today!
Missouri voters should reject RTWFL, if it comes to the ballot!!
Will they or won’t they?
The question gripping the capital is if the House will take up Right to Work legislation, which would prohibit union membership from being required as a condition of employment.
The evidence suggests they will.
First, take part of this tweet from Grover Norquist this past week: “Missouri House will vote to put “Right to Work” on the August ballot next week.”
The tweet did not come from some random observer. This was tweeted by the Grover Norquist — the man who is famous nationally for his crusade against taxes and for smaller government.
Exactly how Norquist would know what the House is going to do this coming week remains a mystery. But the liberal advocacy group Progress Missouri said Norquist’s tweet points to national involvement in the Right to Work debate.
Second, on Thursday the American Conservative Union sent me an unsolicited email noting the group will be sending letters to lawmakers urging them to support Right to Work. The email, from Meghan Snyder, the organization’s communications director, said the House would vote Tuesday on the bill.
I emailed back to Snyder asking how the American Conservative Union knows when the vote will take place. She never replied back.
Third, statements from bill sponsor Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, suggest the House is nearing a debate.
“Now it’s kind of getting close to the time and it’s looking like it’s really going to happen, there’s a lot of eyes on it,” Burlison told me Friday.
The skeptic in me is still surprised a debate seems at hand. After all, this is an incredibly divisive issue. There’s no guarantee supporters will prevail on a vote.
The House barely passed so-called Paycheck Protection, which bans unions from collecting employee fees for political purposes without annual written permission from workers, on Thursday. The vote was 83-69, only one vote above the 82 needed to pass legislation.
In addition, in the past lawmakers have often been more talk than action on Right to Work. Last year’s Right to Work bill was never debated on the floor, much less voted on, despite House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, expressing support for the idea early in session.
Anything can still happen. But everything I’ve read or heard suggests lawmakers are as close to a debate as they’ve ever been.
So hold on to your seats. I think things are about to get interesting.
Could Missouri be the next state to join the “Right To Work” For Less club?
There will possibly be a House vote this week on this issue, and I hope to see the vote to make the Show-Me State an RTWFL state a major failure.
If this gets on the August ballot, please vote NO to making Missouri RTWFL!
JEFFERSON CITY • One business priority touted by Republican leadership has been slow to move out of the Missouri House this session.
“Right-to-work” legislation has stalled, partly because of divisions in the Republican Party and concerns the issue could endanger Republicans in swing districts.
But House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, remains committed to the effort. The issue, which has stalled in previous legislative sessions, could come up for debate as early as this week.
Right to work, as supporters call it, would bar employers from requiring employees to pay fees to a union as part of a contract agreement with a labor organization. Currently, workers at a “closed shop” employer can opt out of paying dues for union membership, but they must pay fees for the collective bargaining and other representation services provided by the union, according to a 1988 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
On the same day hundreds of union members gathered at the state Capitol to rally against right to work and other union-targeted legislation last week, Jones said on a conservative talk radio show that getting right to work onto the House floor for debate would be a “heavy lift.”
“I’ll absolutely admit that,” Jones told interviewer Dana Loesch. “Many Republicans are being — whatever you want to say, intimidated, persuaded, threatened, to vote no.”
The only Republican to speak at the pro-union rally on the Capitol steps — though not the only one present — told the crowd that she and others were working “very quietly and very patiently” to convince Republicans to oppose right to work by educating them.
“There’s more and more of us on the Republican side who realize that labor is not the enemy,” Rep. Anne Zerr, R-St. Charles, said.
Former House Speaker Steve Tilley, a Republican hired by the AFL-CIO, is one of several well-known lobbyists opposing right-to-work legislation.
“One argument that works very well with conservatives is, why is government getting involved in a contractual agreement between an employer and employees?” Tilley said. “Republicans want less government, not more.”
The arguments surrounding right to work center on economic issues and fairness. Supporters point to greater job growth in the states, mostly in the South, with right-to-work laws. Opponents counter that these states also have lower wages.
An overview of published research on the issue in 2012 by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service emphasized the major problem with simply citing differences between right-to-work and states that don’t have such laws: It’s difficult to measure what portion of the difference is due to other pro-business policies, which are concentrated in right-to-work states, or other factors.
Rep. Jeff Grisamore, R-Lee’s Summit, said he finds merits to both sides. He agrees that there seems to be greater economic growth in right-to-work states, but also points out that Boeing Co. seriously considered Missouri as a manufacturing home for its new 777X plane despite its union presence. Grisamore said he was undecided.
“I’d probably rather not have to be put in a position to have to vote on it, or I’d vote no if they have enough votes to pass it,” Grisamore said.
The Interfaith Council of Greater St. Louis, including the archbishop of St. Louis, announced its opposition to right to work on Friday, saying it weakens the ability of workers to collectively bargain and is contrary to principles of economic justice.
Some Republicans also oppose right to work, particularly in districts with a strong union presence. Rep. Chris Molendorp, R-Belton, said he doesn’t think the economic arguments for right to work have much merit and union members should not be vilified. He hosts a weekly breakfast with other pro-union Republicans.
“It feels like a litmus test vote, like a Republican purity vote,” Molendorp said.
At least 20 Republicans oppose right to work in the House, said Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, who’s one of them. To finally pass a bill, a measure must have 82 votes. If more than 26 Republicans decide not to vote for the right-to-work measure and all Democratic members vote no, it would not succeed.
Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, agreed with Engler’s number but said it can be difficult to judge because some opponents are less vocal than he’s willing to be.
The bill on the issue most likely to emerge would put right to work on the Aug. 5 primary ballot for a statewide vote. That would bypass Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s likely veto of legislation. Jones said last week there were not enough votes to override a veto on the issue and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, told reporters earlier in the session that putting it on the ballot was the only way to get it into law.
A few Republicans who oppose right to work are concerned about the effect of having it on the August primary ballot, but more said the issue could lose the party seats in the November general election.
In 1978, Missouri voters overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work ballot measure. Since then, four states have adopted right-to-work laws, bringing the total to 24. The percentage of the workforce represented by unions has declined in Missouri since that vote.
Filing for the 2014 races ended Tuesday, and the uncertainty over who would be running may have been one reason for the Legislature’s delay on the issue. Rep. Bill Lant, R-Pineville, is chairman of the Workforce Development and Workplace Safety committee. He said that, once filing closed, it was more a question of “when, instead of if” the House would vote on the bill.
Grisamore, Engler, Wieland and Rep. Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, all said that having right to work on the August ballot may still cause Republicans to lose some seats in the November election.
“I think that if it’s on the ballot it’ll drive people out to vote, and we might see some Republicans in marginal districts not come back,” Hinson said.
But Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, sponsor of the measure putting the matter on the August ballot, said right to work hasn’t hurt Republicans in other states.
“When you look at Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan — that has not affected it. The people who voted for it have been able to get elected again and again,” Burlison said.
Even if the House passes the measure, its chances in the Senate are murky. The likelihood of a Democratic filibuster and the lack of interest shown by Senate Republican leaders make passage there difficult.
“We may have a bloodbath over here and it dies in the Senate — so what’s the point?” Grisamore asked.
One measure that may serve as a substitute is a proposal to require public employee unions to get annual written authorization to automatically deduct dues from a public worker’s paycheck. Nixon vetoed the measure last year, but the bill on the House calendar would bypass him and put it on the ballot.
Jones said last week and before the Legislature’s spring break that he still wanted to move forward with right to work.
“It is not union-busting. We just say, how about unions get to compete with nonunion shops as well on an equal footing. That creates more job growth, more prosperity, more opportunity, more wages for all,” Jones said.
Hopefully Missourians reject the anti-worker scam known as “right to work for less” (RTWFL) when it likely gets put on the ballot in August.
ANY Missouri politician who votes for RTWFL should be denied communion.