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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Day Four: Inauguration Day

I feel like Princess Anna from Frozen, right now, running around the house screaming: “It’s Inauguration Day! It’s Inauguration Day!” Except, for Anna, it was the coronation of the To-be-Queen Elsa that she was all excited about; for me, it’s the inauguration of Missouri Governor-elect R-Eric Greitons.

For the past eight years, Governor D-Jay Nixon has held office at Missouri’s capitol; therefore, making this the first time in eight years that a Republican has maintained the Governor status since R-Matt Blunt’s first and only term (FYI; yes, Matt Blunt is related to U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. Roy is Matt’s father). What makes this inauguration exciting is that this is the first time in roughly 100 years that republicans have held the mass majority in the house and senate, as well as having a republican Governor. Bad news for the liberals and it indicates big change for Missouri in the upcoming years.

As mentioned last week, Greitons and new Speaker of the House, R-Todd Richardson, have already discussed pulling a legislative order on the right-to-work act as well as voter ID registration. Right-To-Work is said to begin its process tomorrow, January 10th, and that likely won’t be the first republican favored bill to slide its way past. Fans of Labor Unions are going to have to come up with a plan once this bill gets past as it will likely change the way business is conducted. Of course, the ever-controversial topic of whether or not Right-To-Work will raise or lower unemployment for Missouri is yet to be seen.

Unsure about today’s itinerary; however, we will be heading outside for the official inauguration in approximately 34 minutes (yes, I’m counting down). I’ve got a new coat, a new pant-suit, and I am READY for this! Updates pending.

Intern out!