A standing room only crowd turned out Wednesday to watch a Missouri House committee hearing on a bill that would bar payment of union dues as a condition of employment.
Union members sat silently as the House Workforce Development committee debated the merits of “right-to-work” legislation. The measure’s sponsor, Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), said the measure would increase Missouri’s economic competitiveness.
The committee’s Democrats argued that the measure would allow people to “freeload” by garnering benefits from a union contract, but not paying any dues.
Although Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon opposes the legislation, it would be submitted to voters for approval this November if it passes the Legislature. Missouri would become the 25th state to adopt “right-to-work” legislation.