This week the House Workforce Development and Workplace Safety committee held a public hearing on SB 29, sponsored by Sen. Dan Brown. The bill would allow an employer or labor organization to obtain a political contribution through an automatic payroll deduction, only if the employee or member consents to the contribution in writing annually.
Currently, employees must opt out if they do not want their dues used for campaign contributions. The proposed bill would make it so those unions’ members must opt in to have their dues used for campaign contributions. The Missouri Chamber testified on behalf of the proposed legislation.
“Using employee’s money for politicians or issues that they do not support goes against the very tenants this country was built upon,” Brendan Cossette, director of legislative affairs/associate general counsel for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said.
Other labor bills advancing this week were HB 77, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, which specifies that no person as a condition or continuation of employment can be required to engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices, was passed by the committee.
The Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee voted do pass Burlison’s paycheck protection bill, HB 64, which is similar to Sen. Brown’s legislation. That bill now heads to the Senate floor for further debate.
For more information about labor issues, please contact Brendan Cossette at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-634-3511.