Scope, timing are main questions on expected right-to-work law

Missouri will become a right-to-work state. The chief question is how soon the General Assembly will put a version of the anti-union measure on the desk of soon-to-be Gov. Eric Greitens.

The other unknown is what particular form of so-called right-to-work legislation Missouri will adopt.

Under right to work, unions and employers cannot require all workers in a bargaining unit to pay dues or fees. Although some versions of right to work say a worker cannot be required to join a union, federal law has barred such a requirement for a long time.

Backers say right to work will attract more business to Missouri, while critics — who dub the law “right to work for less” — say it will curb the rights of workers and lower pay.

So far, at least three right-to-work bills have been prefiled in the Missouri House and one in the Senate.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio


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