Missouri groups reacted strongly to Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that government workers who are not union members can refuse to pay collective bargaining fees.
Jeremy Cady of Americans for Prosperity Missouri, a pro-business group, said in a statement that the Court’s decision “confirms that Missouri’s choice to become a right-to-work state was the correct one.”
Mike Louis, president of the Missouri ALL-CIO, said the ruling was an instance of billionaires and corporations rigging the economy against working people.
Danny Homan, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 61 said, “This decision has absolutely nothing to do with free speech and everything to do with attempting to destroy unions – the most effective force to propel working people into the middle class”
Mark Jones, political director for the Missouri NEA, said the group’s lawyers are examining the ruling to make sure it does not apply to the state’s educators.
The ruling doesn’t apply to private-sector unions, which are the ones that will be directly affected by an August ballot measure over whether Missouri should be a “right-to-work” state.