Right To Work has become a hotly debated issue in Missouri, and this year, even though voices from the veto proof majority of Jefferson City have repeatedly renounced advocacy for the cause, it does seem to be gaining some steam, or at least some movement within the legislative debate in the current session. Perhaps the reason for some forward movement is the people of Missouri expect their republican dominant legislature to champion this conservative cause, even though some of the elected are skittish to do so.
Last week, the Committee of Workforce Development and Workplace Safety heard testimony on HB 77. This bill, sponsored by Eric Burlison is also co-sponsored by House Speaker, Tim Jones. If passed through the legislature, the question would be put on the November ballot for voters to decide the fate of Right To Work. Not only would elected officials dodge the bullet of making a stand against union special interests, it would also create a $7.1 million dollar cost to the tax payers to hold an election in an off election year. An almost identical bill, HB 91, puts the initiative on the ballot in 2014.
Tomorrow the senate hears variations on RTW with SB 76 and SB 134. These similar bills will be heard in the senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee at 1:00 p.m. in SCR 1, at the capitol.
Grassroots organizations, such as Missouri First, are encouraging attendance by voters who support RTW and they have published online witness forms for any interested proponents to submit to the committee.
As twenty-four states have now passed Right To Work, Americans for Prosperity works to promote and educate voters of the economic benefits of the RTW initiative across the country. After successfully working to promote RTW in Michigan, AFP has expanded their efforts to carry the torch for Missouri. They have declared Wednesdays to be Right To Work Wednesdays and have a petition for supporters to sign to show their enthusiasm for the for passing it in Missouri.