Missouri Minute: Lawmaker proposes ‘right to work’ after voters reject law; Save-A-Lot opening new headquarters

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Lawmaker proposes ‘right to work’ months after voters reject law

After two-thirds of voters rejected a ballot measure that would have made Missouri a “right-to-work” state, at least one lawmaker wants to try again with a right-to-work law. This week, Sen.-elect Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, pre-filed legislation, Senate Bill 63, that would bar collection of union dues as a condition of employment. Read more

Grocer Save-A-Lot opening new headquarters with expanded R&D space

Officials from grocery chain Save-A-Lot expect to complete their headquarters move from Earth City to St. Ann as soon as next week. Save-A-Lot’s new home, in the former Northwest Plaza Mall, will encompass 162,000 square feet, house more than 500 employees and feature test kitchens, a model store, and sensory and IT labs. Read more

Farmers look to foreign labor, rely on record number of H-2A visas

Farmers across the U.S. say finding reliable workers has become difficult, particularly for hand-picked fruits and vegetables. That has given rise to increased reliance on the H-2A visa program, which allows farmers to hire seasonal workers from other countries. This year saw a record 240,000 of the visas granted, up 21 percent from last year. Read more

Acquired lab operator plans to lay off 177 in Columbia

A Columbia-based operator of pathology labs that last week announced it was being acquired has now disclosed it plans to lay off 177 workers in the city. Boyce & Bynum Pathology Laboratories plans to lay off 177 Columbia workers next year, the company said in a notice to the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Read more

St. Louis friendly for first-time homebuyers, report says

St. Louis is one of the best metropolitan areas in the country for home affordability, according to a new report from the American Enterprise Institute. The conservative think tank ranked 50 metro areas by affordability for first-time homebuyers, and St. Louis ranked fourth. Read more

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