Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is asking Gov. Jay Nixon and state Attorney General Chris Koster to take part in public debates with him over the issue of a “right-to-work” law in Missouri. The request comes as both sides of the right-to-work debate are expected to begin promoting their cause in advance of the Missouri Legislature’s September veto session.
Nixon, a Democrat, last month vetoed a right-to-work bill, which would bar employers and unions from requiring workers to pay dues if a majority voted to join a union. Koster also opposed the bill.
Kinder, a Republican, has long been an outspoken proponent of a right-to-work law in the state, which he says would make Missouri more competitive with neighboring states that have similar laws.
The Missouri Legislature approved a right-to-work bill for the first time this spring, but the bill did not pass the Legislature with enough support to override a veto by the governor. However, backers of the bill are hoping to persuade lawmakers who opposed it to change their votes in September.