Jefferson City—Missouri AFL-CIO President Hugh McVey informed union leaders around the state last week that several anti-worker bills were introduced in the first few days of the legislative session that began Jan. 3.
The bills are part of a coordinated national effort by anti-union business interests to strip worker protections in states all over the country, he said.
“With just two days into the legislative session, a number of anti-worker bills have been filed in the Missouri legislature. There are four "Right-to-Work" bills, numerous bills that gut prevailing wage, and paycheck deception bills that will take away worker's rights to participate in the political process. We expect more anti-worker legislation throughout this legislative session,” McVey reported.
“Additionally, news reports indicate that a member of a group called "Missourians for Right to Work" may file a petition with the Secretary of State's office tomorrow to get "Right- to-Work" (for less) on the 2012 ballot.
“I want you to know that we will continue to lead the campaign to challenge and defeat these anti-worker attacks and make a major effort to pass legislation that will help create good jobs for working families across Missouri. None of these bills do that.
“Getting Missouri citizens back to work should be the main concern right now and not denying collective bargaining rights, as some of our politicians in Jefferson City are attempting to do.
“These attacks are part of a coordinated national effort to undermine collective bargaining rights, eliminate basic protections for workers and lower wages.
“In the meantime, we should continue to do the work we agreed to do, which is: educate our members. Everyone should be letting their members know about the anti-worker legislation which has been filed for the 2012 Missouri Legislative session. It is absolutely imperative that we continue educating our membership and Missourians about these attempts to deny workers a voice in the workplace.”