Legislation that would bar unions from automatically withholding dues from public employees’ paychecks passed the Missouri Senate in a 23 to 7 final vote.
The bill, HB 1891, would only apply to public sector workers. It passed the House last month by the veto proof majority of 110-47.
Democrats argued that union leaders have to answer to their members, and that the bill would undermine that relationship. They blocked the bill for nearly seven hours Tuesday night, but reversed course after they were allowed to add language to make the bill less objectionable by limiting the release of data collected on public employees.
The bill now goes back to the Missouri House, which must decide whether to accept the changes made by the Senate or ask to negotiate a compromise version.