As Missouri’s battle over a right-to-work law heats up, both sides agree on a key point: passage is inevitable this year.
At Tuesday’s legislative hearing on the issue in the Missouri Capitol, dozens of supporters and opponents crammed a Statehouse hearing room to debate the merits of a so-called right-to-work measure, which would ban mandatory union fees.
Another hearing is scheduled Wednesday during which the committee is expected to hold a vote.
House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, has said he hopes to send a right-to-work bill to the Senate before the end of the month. Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, has pledged to sign such a measure, which would make Missouri at least the 27th right-to-work state.
Unions are countering with plans to launch an initiative-petition drive to put a proposal on the 2018 statewide ballot that would kill off the right-to-work law.