Missouri House Backs ‘Paycheck Protection’ For Union Workers

The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, photographed Sept. 11, 2013 | Photo by Michael Stacy
The Missouri House has given initial approval to "paycheck protection" legislation. | Photo by Michael Stacy

The Missouri House gave initial approval to a bill that would prohibit unions from using employee fees for political purposes without annual written permission from workers. The vote after heated debate was 83-70, but the legislation was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon last year.

The bill does not apply to private-sector workers.

One opponent argued that if union workers are going to be required to give permission annually, then corporate shareholders should have the chance to give permission before corporations give money to political causes. A supporter pointed out that the bill is targeting public workers and therefore involves public money. In remarks that drew a rebuke from the House speaker, Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, suggested the bill’s sponsor was following the example of the Nazis in the lead-up to World War II.

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