Nixon vetoes ‘right-to-work’ bill

Gov. Jay Nixon made education funding the main focus of his State of the State address on Jan. 21, 2014. | Photo from
Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the “right-to-work” bill passed by Missouri’s Republican-controlled legislature last month. The legislature fell short of a veto-proof majority in passing the bill. | Photo from

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday delivered on his promise to veto the “right-to-work” bill passed by state lawmakers toward the end of their legislative session last month. The Democratic governor had previously signaled his intention to reject the anti-union bill, which would bar employers and unions from requiring workers to pay dues if a majority of employees have voted to join a union.

Missouri’s Republican-controlled legislature fell short of a veto-proof majority in passing the measure last month. Senate Republicans controversially cut short a Democratic filibuster to push the measure through during the legislative session’s final days.

House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, has said he would talk with his caucus to determine whether there’s enough support to attempt an override.

Nixon made appearances with labor groups in Kansas City and St. Louis to mark the veto. He said he opposed the bill because it would “squeeze the middle class, lower wages for Missouri families, and subject businesses to criminal and civil liability.”

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