JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Missouri legislature is one step closer to making their state the latest right-to-work state, leaving Illinois surrounded on all sides as a mandatory union fees state.
Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and earlier this month, Kentucky, have all freed workers to choose whether or not to join unions. Fox 2 reports on Thursday:
Missouri’s Republican-led Senate has passed a right-to-work bill to ban mandatory union fees.
Senators voted 21-12 Wednesday to send the bill to the House. House members last week passed an almost-identical bill.
Right to work has new momentum with Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ support. He says he’ll sign it if the GOP-led Legislature sends it to his desk.
Kentucky's law also prohibits public employees from going on strike - a somber alert for state employees in neighboring state like Illinois where public sector unions dominate state policy.
According to the Legal Defense Foundation, right to work laws prohibit union security agreements, or agreements between employers and labor unions, that govern the extent to which an established union can require employees' membership, payment of union dues, or fees as a condition of employment, either before or after hiring.