Missouri Now Right-To-Work State

Governor Greitens has signed a right-to-work bill into law in Springfield.

It goes into effect August 28th.

With the bill signing, Missouri becomes the 28th state to ban mandatory union fees.

During Governor Greitens' speech, protestors shouted loudly "Right-to-work, wrong for us!"

Seven of the eight states surrounding Missouri have right-to-work laws.

That includes Kentucky, which passed similar legislation last month.

 

The group Americans for Prosperity Missouri is showing its support for the measure:

Americans for Prosperity – Missouri (AFP-MO) today applauded Governor Eric Greitens for passing right-to-work. Less than a year and a half after right-to-work was vetoed, AFP-MO celebrated the worker freedom victory passed with bipartisan support in the General Assembly.
 
AFP-MO State Director Jeremy Cady provided the following statement: 
 
“We applaud Governor Greitens for keeping his campaign promise and standing up for all Missouri workers. Right-to-work guarantees a basic freedom – the freedom to work without mandatory union membership. No one should be fired from a job they love – in a place their skills are wanted – simply for refusing to pay a union. At long last workers in Missouri have been granted the basic freedom to work without fear of being fired for not paying a union.
 
“Voters sent a clear message last year when they rejected multiple candidates who opposed right-to-work and elected pro-worker freedom candidates like Governor Greitens. Today, Governor Greitens made good on a promise to stand up for worker freedom for all Missourians.
 
“The data is clear that right-to-work states experience lower unemployment and greater job growth, population growth, and income growth. Between 2001 and 2011, right-to-work states added 1.7 million jobs, while forced union states lost over 2 million during the same time. From 1990 to 2011, right-to-work states experienced over 42 percent gain in total employment, compared to 19 percent for forced union states.” 
 
Americans for Prosperity – Missouri has led the fight for worker freedom for many years. In 2015 the legislature passed right-to-work, but it was vetoed by the governor. In 2016 AFP held multiple lawmakers accountable for opposing right-to-work, including former Representatives Nick King, Sheila Solon, and Anne Zerr. AFP volunteers placed over 15,000 calls to Missouri families over the past few years in support of right-to-work. 
 
Between 2001 and 2011, right-to-work states added 1.7 million jobs, while forced union states lost over 2 million during the same time.
 
From 1990 to 2011, right-to-work states experienced over 42 percent gain in total employment, compared to 19 percent for forced union states.
 
Between 2003 and 2013, right-to-work states’ private sector employee compensation increased by 16 percent, nearly double the 8.7 percent average for forced union states over that time.
 
When adjusted for cost of living, workers in right-to-work states have 4.1 percent higher incomes, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan.
 
From 1990 to 2014, eight of the top ten states for job growth were right-to-work states. Nine of the bottom states for job growth were forced union states.
 
 
But the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP has this to say about the new law:
 
Cheryl Clay, President NAACP Springfield Branch issued the following statement:
 
Today we remember the words of Martin Luther King, “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right to work.' It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. “
 
We question why Governor Greitens chose Springfield to sign this law. Springfield has the most rapidly growing poverty in the state and low unemployment. Even when adjusted for our low cost of living, our wages are too low. Right to work has been proven, after an initial bump in jobs, to actually lower wages and make work environments less safe.
 
This law was not written by our legislators but by the American Legislative Council, which in turn is funded by billionaires like the Koch Brothers and Rex Sinquefield. Additionally the governor and many of our other elected politicians are elected with money from Sinquefield, our area billionaire Humphreys family, and corporate contributions.
 
At a time when we need higher wages and better jobs this is yet another disappointing step in Missouri’s race to the bottom.

 

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