Kinder: Right to work likely to go to Mo. ballot

Aug 9, 2013

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Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is predicting that voters will get a chance to decide whether to make Missouri the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law.Kinder said while attending a Chicago conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council that he believes fellow Republicans in the Legislature will refer the measure to the ballot next year.

The measure would prohibit union membership or fees from being a condition of employment in Missouri.

Kinder's comments came during a session highlighting how the historically unionized state of Michigan enacted a right-to-work law last December.

The American Legislative Exchange Council is an association of legislators, businesses and nonprofit groups that advocates for free-market policies. It has been sharply criticized by unions and others for its close ties between big businesses and lawmakers.