JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s Republican-led Senate has passed a right-to-work bill to ban mandatory union fees.
Senators voted 21-12 Wednesday to send the bill to the House. House members last week passed an almost-identical bill.
Right to work has new momentum with Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ support. He says he’ll sign it if the GOP-led Legislature sends it to his desk.
“Since 2009 the country has had 10 percent private sector job growth. If we had grown just as fast as the rest of the country since ’09 we would have 120,000 more jobs here in the state of Missouri,” said Greitens at his State of the State address.
The legislation prohibits unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a condition of their employment.
Supporters say right to work will draw business to the state and give workers the choice not to pay into a union. Opponents say it’s an attempt to weaken unions and could lead to lower wages.
The Senate version of the bill includes a provision that would exempt current union contracts until they expire. That’s not in the bill passed by the House, which now is pending in the Senate.
Among the eight states that border Missouri, seven are right-to-work states, with Kentucky passing it most recently.
Other states with Right-to-Work laws: