DIRECTOR: JASON R. HAYDEN                                                              

Well it has been quite a week here in Jefferson City. Monday started out with two right to work bills (HB-116 & HB-569) being heard by the Workforce Standards and Development committee. After almost four hours of testimony being heard on Monday for HB-116, they never actually got to holding the hearing on HB-569. But that somehow didn't hinder them from passing it out of committee along with HB-116 & HB-582 on Wednesday afternoon after hearing only two hours of testimony over HB-582. Folks were still lined up to testify on Wednesday when Committee CHairman Lant (Rep-159) ceased the testimony and went into Executive session to pass the three bills out of his committee.

Fast forward to next week and it looks to be more of the same with two additional so called RTW bills being heard in Chairman Lant's committee on Monday Feb. 9th at noon. One proposed by Representative Holly Rehder and the other is the second RTW bill proposed by Chairman Lant himself. There are still 4 additional RTW bills after this that still haven't made the committee calendar yet.

Sponsor: Rehder, Holly R (Rep-148)
Prohibits any public employee from being required to pay dues or other fees to a labor organization
Sponsor: Lant, Bill H (Rep-159)
Prohibits any public employee from being required to pay dues or other fees to a labor organization

So just to set the record straight, Right to Work doesn't guarantee any rights. In fact, by weakening unions and collective bargaining, it destroyesthe best job security protection that exists: a union contract. Meanwhile, it allows workers to pay nothing and get all the benefits of a union membership. A federal labor law ruling by the National Labor Relations Board and decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, require that unions represent every eligible employee working under a union contract wether he or she pays union dues or not. This forces unions to use their time and dues paying members' money to provide union benefits to free riders who are not willing to pay their fair share.

With that being said, if you happen to be free on Monday and in the Jefferson City area, come on by and help us fill the hearing room.

You can also help fight this destructive legislation by calling your State Rep. Call 1-855-626-6011 and after the AFL-CIO message just enter your zip code and you will be directed to your Rep's office. Kindly ask them to oppose these bill when they come to the House floor.


By: Jason Hayden