Day Eighteen: “Paycheck Protection”

Another Win for Republican’s Labor Reform Agenda

Republican House members make their way through their agenda as they pass yet another labor reform bill.

The legislation proposed would bar unions from withholding dues from public sector employee paychecks and prevent said dues from being spent towards political endorsements (among other areas) without the consent of the employee.

It would require unions to get the consent of labor workers yearly to approve the outlets their money is being sent to.

Bill sponsor, Rep. R-Jered Taylor from Christian County, says that dues are currently being used in purposes against the betterment of their members and the law will provide protection against that. While Democrats fought the issue saying that workers can already make the decision to prevent their union from withholding dues, Taylor disagrees.

“Shareholders at any time can stop paying these shares,” Taylor says. “You can’t do that in a public sector union.”

Many Democrats claimed the bill was nothing more than an attack on the working class from one billionaire (likely referencing Rex Sinquefield) who is trying to expunge unions.

“I would say it’s the exact opposite of that,” Taylor argues. “It allows them to choose whether or not they want to be a part of the union rather than having to go through multiple people, do multiple things in order to get out of the union [and] being forced to pay those dues.”

Representative Taylor is confident that the bill will pass into law this session.

The House Minority Floor Leader, Rep. D-Gail McCann Beatty says this is another bad week for Missouri workers but urges public to know that the fight is not over.

Once a referendum comes about in the next couple years, “we will see what the people think.”

House member D-Mark Ellebracht, of Clay County, claims the bill goes against conservative ideology and even went as far as calling it ‘corporatist’.

“If you hold the belief that government should be limited in its role,” Ellebracht questions. “…why would we be reducing legislation that allows government to interfere in how private individuals pay their private dues to private organizations?”

Last year, a similar labor reform bill was introduced and passed through the house and senate but was vetoed by former-Governor D-Jay Nixon.

Missouri House Members passed the legislation with a vote count of 95 to 60 and it now moves onto the senate.

The bill follows the recent passage of Right-To-Work, signed this past Monday by Governor Greitens, indicating a bright future for labor-reform supporters. Speaker of the House, R-Todd Richardson, says that soon to follow are project labor agreement, which will hit the House calendar next week, and prevailing wage, which is currently being discussed in a House Economic Development Committee.

Missouri is now the second-to-last of the West Central States to move forward in labor reform regarding Right-To-Work.

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