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“Right to Work” bills advance

Right to Work legislation is on its way out of its original committee in the House of Representatives.

Three separate bills dealing with a workers’ right to not join a union at a workplace received approval from the House Workforce Standards and Development Committee on Wednesday.

House Bill 116, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), House Bill 569, sponsored by Rep. Bill Lant (R-Joplin), and House Bill 582, sponsored by Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Berkeley) are all worded almost identically. They all say no worker can be forced to:

  1. Become or refrain from becoming a member of a labor organization.

  2.  Pay dues, fees, assessments or other charges to a labor organization.

  3. Pay to any charity or third party any equivalent amount in lieu of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges required of a member of a labor organization.

The only difference between the three is that Rep. Curtis’ bill pertains only to the construction industry.

HBs 116 and 569 received passage from the committee by 9-3 votes…Curtis’ bill was voted out of committee 8-4.

Associated Industries of Missouri supported all three bills.

The legislation is now headed for the Select Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations.

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