Missouri is one step away from being the nation’s 28th “right-to-work” state.
In a historic vote Thursday, the Missouri House approved legislation allowing employees in unionized workplaces to opt out of paying unions for the cost of being represented. The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who has promised to sign it.
The 100-59 Missouri House vote caps a decades-long push by Missouri Republicans to enact a right-to-work law. The Senate approved the legislation last week 21-12.
The fast-tracked bill has been deemed both a solution for the state’s stagnant job growth and a thinly disguised effort to weaken union influence.
Labor law experts and economists have found flaws with both of those arguments, but the issue has made for a heated debate in state legislatures across the country.