The Workplace Development and Workplace Safety Committee heard testimony on legislation that would prohibit unions from charging dues to workers who choose not to participate in the union. Republicans say the bill would give workers more freedom while attracting more businesses.
At the moment, if a union collective bargaining agreement for a private employer mandates that an employee of that business chooses not to be a union member, they may still be liable to pay fees.
Democrats say the proposal is a tactic to lower the collective bargaining power of unions and lower wages. Bill sponsor Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, said the bill would actually give unions more strength, while creating more jobs by attracting businesses.