After ‘right to work’ passage, Missouri lawmakers continue debate on controversial labor bills

Weeks after passing a “right-to-work” bill prohibiting mandatory union dues, Missouri Republicans continue to move full steam ahead with labor reform proposals.

Senate lawmakers kicked off the week by debating a measure that would require public employees give annual permission before union dues be taken from their paychecks – the “paycheck protection bill.”

It’s already passed the House, where supporters applauded the state’s continued effort to keep unions accountable to the members from whom they collect dues.

In addition to requiring union members authorize deductions from their wages, the bill also requires unions make numerous financial records available to the employees they represent in a searchable electronic format – including money spent or contributed to candidates for political office, their political action committees, issue advocacy and efforts to lobby for or against legislation.

Senate Democrats say the legislation is a thinly veiled attempt to weaken the power of Missouri’s labor unions, adding layers of bureaucracy that would ultimately cause them hardship in an effort to satisfy special interests.

A similar but less comprehensive effort was vetoed by then-Gov. Jay Nixon last year, and the Senate failed to override the veto, with Republicans from labor-friendly districts joining Democrats to reject it.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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