The Missouri Legislature Must ENACT Right-To-Work
04/11/2013 Leave a comment
The Missouri Senate has passed, and the Missouri House is considering SB 29 which will give a public employee the right to choose whether or not to allow Labor Unions to withhold fees and whether those fees can be used for Political Purposes.
In response to this effort by the Missouri Legislature, the Communications Workers of America Union sent out the following e-mail blast:
Again, that e-mail is sent in opposition to a bill that would give the CWA’s own members the right to choose whether or not union dues are withheld and used for political purposes! You would think…
For some odd reason, First Responders are not granted the right to choose under this bill, but I digress.
Just to emphasize their claims:
- It is a direct attack on all of us that work every day and believe in the protections of a union.
- It will lead to larger class sizes for teachers
- It will lead to unsafe staffing levels for nurses
- It would stop first responders like police officers from advocating for public safety needs
- It would mean front-line state workers who work in our veterans’ homes would lose their voice on the job and in the statehouse
- It would mean those who investigate child abuse and neglect would lose their voice on the job and in the statehouse
Anyone with a 9th grade education can read SB 29 and comprehend that the CWA claims are absolutely ludicrous. Considering unions are so great, why would a member choose not to send in their dues and allow them to be used for political purposes?!?
Sadly, the same level of ludicrousness was true of the Prop B Puppy Mill ballot measure, yet Low Information Voters (LIVs) passed it by 51.6%.
The Missouri Legislature Must ENACT Missouri’s Right To Work Legislation!
With SB 29 in mind, the Missouri Legislature is also considering Right To Work legislation. But, instead of directly enacting the legislation, they are planning to put it on the ballot. Whatever their reasoning may be (self-preservation?), it’s a H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E. idea.
By putting the Right To Work legislation on the Ballot, the Missouri Legislature is setting up the State for a Wisconsonian Union and Media circus that could and should be avoided like the plague. A fully staffed, highly funded maelstrom of Organized Labor disinformation will descend upon the state with all the commensurate physical threats and property damage. It won’t be pretty:
- Union Members bused in for massive inorganic rallies at the Capitol
- Commercial after commercial with Republicans killing baby seals and Union Members
- SEIU Goons attacking local vendors
- Democrat Secretary of State Kander’s ballot language likely skewed to prevent passage
With the CWA willing to make the above incredible claims over a bill that gives their members the right to choose, legislators know that they will double-down on such ridiculous allegations in regards to Right To Work.
What is the Republican plan to fight against such bedlam? At least one Representative thinks constituents should invest their time and treasure to fight for the measure. What?!? Missourians already invested their time and treasure to elect a veto-proof Republican majority in the House and Senate WITH the knowledge and expectation that they enact Right To Work legislation. It is outrageous to expect Missouri Republicans to engage in this fight once again when it is not necessary.
What happens when the ballot measure fails? In 1978, Right To Work legislation was placed before the people and it failed. It has been 35 years since, and we are just now to the point where the legislation can be enacted by the legislature, and now is the time.
Another bill with the same exact wording, sans the voter approval, is also under consideration. This Right To Work bill should be brought to the floor and receive a vote. If it passes, great! If not, then voters know which Representatives need to be lobbied to pass the bill in a future session… …or worst case… …work to replace that Representative.
Please contact your Legislator today and urge them to bring HB 95 to the floor for a vote. This bill gives workers the freedom to choose whether or not to join a union. Do we believe in Freedom in Missouri? Yes, we do.
(Should I get into my questions as to why it has taken from 2/13/13 to 4/3/13 — that’s 50 days folks and over 1/3 of the session — for the RTW bills to get from the Public Hearing to being voted Do Pass by the Committee? It’s almost like people in charge of moving the bill to and through committee don’t want it to pass. But again, I digress.)
Again, considering unions are so great, why would a worker choose not to join? What do the unions have to worry about?