Municipal Government, National

New Missouri Gov Makes Union-Shop Ban Likely

November 12, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

St.Louis, MO – Republican Eric Greitens’ election a governor makes it almost certain that Missouri will enact a ban on union shops. The self-styled “conservative outsider” vowed during the campaign that he would “fight to improve Missouri’s job climate with ‘Right to Work’ legislation.”

The state legislature passed such a bill last year, but Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed it. “With the election of Eric Greitens the security of our livelihoods is being threatened,” Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, said in a statement on Election Night. “Good jobs, decent pay, safe work places are all at risk of disappearing.” The national AFL-CIO had made Missouri its top priority among statewide races. St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White criticized union members who voted for candidates that support legislation to weaken unions. “They’re mad about their paychecks, they’re mad about their jobs going overseas, they’re mad about their health-care premiums,” he told KSDK-TV. “In our opinion, right-to-work’s going to make those things worse.” Read more

November 11, 2016

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