‘Right-to-work’ measure passes Missouri Senate, awaits another House vote

The Missouri Senate has approved a bill to make Missouri a “right-to-work” state, but a fight could still loom with the House over what union contracts would be affected.

The Senate voted 21-12 on Thursday to pass a bill that would apply the labor restrictions to future contracts.  The House approved a similar bill last week, but it would expand the restrictions to current contracts as well.

Labor leaders have maintained the House version is illegal, and would likely lead to lawsuits.

Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, sponsor of the Senate version, said after the vote that he thought it was fair to leave existing contracts in place.

At the current pace, a final version could be on Gov. Eric Greitens’ desk by the end of next week. Greitens, a Republican, had promised during the campaign to sign a right-to-work bill, which has been long sought by business groups.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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