The Missouri House is about to debate legislation that would bar employers from requiring employees to pay fees to a union as part of a contract agreement with a labor organization. Right to work, as supporters call it, stalled in previous sessions.
Speaker Tim Jones remains committed to the effort but said it will be difficult to get the issue onto the House floor for a vote. Supporters point to greater job growth in the states, mostly in the South, with right-to-work laws.
Opponents counter that these states also have lower wages. At least 20 Republicans oppose right to work in the House, said Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, who’s one of them. If more than 26 Republicans decide not to vote for the right-to-work measure and all Democratic members vote no, it would not succeed.