The bill would affirm that no resident of Missouri can be required, as a condition of employment, to join or pay dues or “fees” to a labor union. Lant said the bill is an important step to protect the fundamental rights of Missouri workers.
“This is a much-needed change that empowers workers to make their own decisions when it comes to union membership,” said Lant, R-Joplin. “I’m excited that we are now one step closer to giving Missouri workers the freedom they deserve.”
Lant noted that “Freedom to Work” states experience significant job growth and greater economic vitality than those where union membership is compulsory. He pointed out that the states that have experienced the greatest job growth over a 10-year period from 1999-2009 – Texas, Florida, Arizona, Virginia and Nevada – are all “Freedom to Work” states. Lant said it is time for Missouri to join the 22 states that already have such laws in place.
“We know potential employers look closely at this issue when deciding where to locate. Freedom to Work states have a distinct advantage in attracting new employers who create the kind of jobs Missouri families want and need,” said Lant, R-Joplin. “It is time to affirm the rights of Missouri workers. It is the right thing to do for our citizens and for our state.”
The legislation must now move through the House Rules Committee before heading to the House floor for discussion.