Jefferson City – Representative Michael Frame (D-Eureka) has been named the 2014 Legislator of the Year by the Missouri AFL-CIO “for his outstanding work in Labor Relations and support of working families.”
Minority Floor Leader and Missouri AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Jacob Hummel called Frame one of the most knowledgeable and effective members of the Missouri General Assembly wen it came to protecting the rights of working people.
“His passion and command of the subject make Representative Frame a true voice for working men and women in the Missouri House of Representatives,” Hummel said.
Frame, a member of the House Workforce Development Committee with a long labor history as a former member of Laborers Local 110, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 and SEIU Local 1, said he was honored to receive the recognition.
A COPE-endorsed candidate, Frame is up for reelection in November in the 111th District.
STANDING AGAINST RTW
When the Missouri House brought up right-to-work (RTW) as the first item on its agenda this session, Frame grilled the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), and RTW proponents, some who came from out-of-state to testify
Later in the session, Frame visited Westminster College to discuss the anti-worker legislation, telling students the union-busting measure would lower wages and household incomes.
“Right-to-work lowers wages in every state that we see it in,” Frame said. “That’s not my opinion; that is a fact.
“It’s a union-busting attempt done to bring down wages,” Frame said. “Union workers on average make more than non-union. This tells me collective bargaining works better than individual bargaining. So why is our government taking away that collective tool?”