Apr 10, 2014
So-called "right to work" legislation stalled in the Missouri House on Wednesday when extremists failed to get the 82 votes they needed to advance the bill to the Senate. It was a strong rebuke to the Koch Brothers, ALEC and Grover Norquist who are all attempting to make it easier for corporations to exploit their employees by weakening workers' ability to collectively bargain. There will be a final vote next week. If that fails, right-to-work can't advance.
Gov. Jay Nixon said, "At a time when we should be focused on policies that create jobs and move our state forward, this misguided political maneuver would take us backward by undermining workers and weakening our economy. I will continue to stand on the side of the hard-working men and women of Missouri as we work together to build a brighter, more prosperous future for our state."
CWA members from CWA Locals 6300, 6301, 6312, 6314, 6355, 6360, 6450 and IUE-CWA Local 86116 and D6 staff A.J. Villegas and Kara Hutchason were among the thousands of union and progressive activists who rallied at the State Capitol and lobbied their representatives to vote against the right to work bill and a "paycheck deception" bill which silences the voice of working families. Unfortunately the same out-of-state special interests pushing "right-to-work for less" were able to narrowly get "paycheck deception" bill through the House. It now moves to the Senate, but the good news is that Nixon vetoed a similar measure last year.