By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
The newfangled right-to-work bill pushed by Republicans has passed a Missouri House committee.
House Bill 77, which sponsor Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, now calls his “Freedom to Work” bill, passed the House Committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety this week by a 7-3 vote.
The legislation would prevent employers from requiring workers to join a union to get a job, a controversial issue across the nation, and in Missouri, where it has passed twice and been vetoed both times by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
The Show-Me State could become the 25th in the union to pass a right-to-work law.
“It’s time for Missouri to promote and protect worker freedom by ending our status as a forced union state,” Burlison said after the bill made it out of committee. “The bill does nothing to prevent unions from existing in Missouri, but instead places a focus on protecting the rights of workers to freely choose their associations.”
Rep. Bill Lant, R- Joplin, the chairman of that committee, said he believes employers look closely at this issue before deciding in which states to locate.
“Job growth in (right-to-work) states has risen at a rate of 2.5 times faster than forced union states, a distinct advantage in attracting new employers who create the jobs Missouri families want and need,” Lant said.
Burlison’s bill will now go before the House Rules Committee before being discussed on the House floor.