Missouri House Passes Right to Work

Today, the Missouri House took a major step forward in the effort to give our state’s workers the freedom to work without being forced to join or pay a union, passing a Right to Work bill with a commanding vote of 100 to 59.

Right to Work is on the move in the Missouri Senate, as well.  The Senate General Laws Committee voted their version of the Right to Work bill do pass yesterday, and today it was added to the Senate’s formal calendar.

This quick movement on Right to Work legislation has sent a message that our state will finally pass this common sense law in 2017, and bill sponsors Rep. Holly Rehder, Rep. Bill White, Rep. Bill Lant, Rep. Rick Brattin, Rep. Charlie Davis, and Sen. Dan Brown deserve thanks for their hard work.

We also want to thank you for everything you have done to encourage the passage of Right to Work legislation.  During the coming weeks, please help keep the pressure up.  Tell your friends and family about the benefits of Right to Work, and call your local lawmakers to encourage them to quickly pass this important bill. 

With your help, we can make sure Missouri becomes a Right to Work state, paving the way for increased economic development and more freedom for our workforce.

One Step Closer to Right to Work

Yesterday evening, Governor Greitens made it very clear that he will sign Right to Work into law, remarking in his State of the State address, “The people have sent us a message: We must do everything in our power to put people back to work in good, high-paying jobs.  That’s why we must join 27 other states and sign Right to Work.”

Today, Missouri is one step closer to becoming a Right to Work state.

After debating the measure for nearly three and a half hours, the Missouri House took an initial vote on Right to Work legislation, declaring it perfected by a vote of 101 to 58.  There will still be one more vote to be held in the House before the measure is sent to the Senate.

Rep. Holly Rehder, the sponsor of the lead bill, HB91, deserves thanks for her continued hard work on behalf of this common sense policy. 

Holding the vote in the third week of legislative session sends a strong signal that Missouri will become a Right to Work state in 2017 and finally allow workers to have the freedom to make their own decision about whether or not to join or pay a union.

While this is a big milestone, the fight is not yet over and we cannot let up.  We hope that you will continue standing with us in the push for Right to Work.  Please call your local State Senator and tell them that it is absolutely vital to move Right to Work legislation forward as quickly as possible.

Right to Work Continues Moving

Right to Work is continuing to make its way through the legislative process.  Yesterday, the House Economic Development Committee voted to consolidate and pass a Right to Work bill - HBs 91, 42, 131, 265, & 314 - and the bill will be heard by the Rules - Legislative Oversight Committee today at 1:30 p.m.

In addition, the Senate bill – SB19, sponsored by Sen. Dan Brown – was heard yesterday by the Senate General Laws Committee, chaired by Right to Work supporter Sen. Bob Onder.

Testimony included supportive remarks from Vincent Vernuccio of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Greg Mourad of the National Right to Work Foundation, and Matt Patterson of the Americans for Tax Reform Center for Worker Freedom, among many others.

James Harris testified at the hearing on behalf of the Adam Smith Foundation, focusing on the economic importance of adopting Right to Work.  We are surrounded by Right to Work states, and 30.6% of our state’s population lives in the counties bordering a Right to Work state – the counties most likely to lose jobs to these bordering states due to our competitive disadvantage. 

If we adopt Right to Work, we will have a competitive advantage over the neighboring state of Illinois, helping to attract new jobs for the 36.3% of our state’s residents who live in the counties along the Mississippi River.

With clear pro-Right to Work majorities in both houses of the General Assembly and a pro-Right to Work Governor, Missouri will pass a Right to Work law this year.