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Right to Work advances from Senate committee

March 3, 2021 - Yesterday, the Senate General Laws Committee advanced SB 118, a bill that would establish Right to Work in Missouri. The bill was filed by Senator Eric Burlison.

The bill would bar employers from requiring employees to become, remain, or refrain from becoming a member of a labor organization or pay dues or other charges required of labor organization members as a condition of employment. Any person who violates or directs another to violate the law would be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. Also, any person injured as a result of violation or threatened violation of the provisions of the bill would be entitled to injunctive relief and certain other damages.


Prosecuting attorneys, circuit attorneys, and the Attorney General are charged with investigating complaints of violations of the bill.


In supporting the bill, Associated Industries of Missouri President and CEO Ray McCarty said the issue was important to economic development in Missouri.


"Because right to work is not the law in Missouri, site selectors, who work on behalf of businesses seeking new locations, do not even consider Missouri if the business will only locate in a right to work state," he said. "We don't know how many opportunities we miss because we are never seriously considered."


The new provisions would not apply to any agreement between an employer and a labor organization entered into before the effective date of the bill, but would apply to such agreements upon renewal, extension, amendment, or modification in any respect after the effective date of the bill.


The bill will next move to the full Senate for further consideration.

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