The Missouri House Senate Committee on Small Business Insurance and Industry held a hearing on Right to Work legislation this week, marking the first senate bill this year on the issue.
Senate Bill 127, sponsored by Sen. Dan Brown (R) would protect Missouri workers from being forced to join and financially support unions. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry strongly supports Right to Work as Missouri seeks to attract jobs and economic investment.
“Without Right to Work protections, Missouri is losing the battle for jobs. Often, we are not even part of the discussion when businesses look to expand,” said Jay Atkins, general counsel for the Missouri Chamber. “Wisconsin became the most recent Right to Work state this week, and we need to continue our work to make 2015 the year when Missouri finally becomes a Right to Work state.”
Currently, 25 states have passed Right to Work laws (including Wisconsin). The Missouri Chamber will seek strong support for Right to Work in the Missouri Senate in an effort to establish enough support to override a potential veto by the governor.
“We appreciate leaders in the Missouri House of Representatives for making Right to Work a priority in 2015 and we look forward to continuing this conversation in the Senate,” said Atkins. “Right to Work will make Missouri a more competitive state and help us create and attract jobs for the future.”