Missouri lawmakers have gone right to work on new “right-to-work,” legislation that would ban mandatory union membership as a condition for employment. Supporters of the legislation, including republican house speaker Tim Jones, say it would make Missouri a more attractive place to do business. But according to Sean Soendker Nicholson, spokesman for Progress Missouri, there isn’t any proof to back up that claim.
Republican leaders in the senate don’t share Jones’ enthusiasm for the measure. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has said he would veto the bill, though lawmakers could bypass Nixon by referring the measure to the ballot. Soendker Nicholson said if that were to happen, the people of the state would vote it down, because he doesn’t think there’s much popular support for right-to-work.
24 states – including six which border Missouri – currently have right-to-work legislation in place.