Missouri Chamber testifies in support of Right to Work legislation

Two bills came before the Workforce Development and Workplace Safety committee in the House this week that would give Missouri voters the opportunity to vote on Missouri’s right to work status.

Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, sponsors House Bill 1770, which would prohibit employers from requiring workers to become members of a union as a condition of employment. Burlison presented labor statistics arguing that Right to Work status would ultimately prove an economic boon for the state.

Jay Atkins, general counsel for the Missouri Chamber, testified on behalf of the bill.

Jay Atkins

Jay Atkins

House Bill 1772, sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, would allow a county-by-county Right to Work vote. Rehder argued that southern counties like hers were strongly in favor of Right to Work legislation and “bleeding” jobs to neighboring Arkansas, a Right to Work state.

“It is a new idea, it hasn’t been done before,” Rehder said. “But I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad one. We’ve been having this argument for years now, and I think maybe it’s time to let local citizens decide.”

For more information about right to work legislation, please contact Jay Atkins at jatkins@mochamber.com or by phone at 573-634-3511.



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