Labor unions rally for collective bargaining rights

Mar 27, 2013

Labor union members from across Missouri descended on the State Capitol today, hoping to convince lawmakers to defeat bills they say are anti-worker.

The Missouri House and Senate have both passed so-called “paycheck protection” bills which are now awaiting further actions in each chamber. The measures would bar public employee unions from automatically deducting dues from workers’ paychecks without written consent.

Mike Lewis of the Missouri AFL-CIO spoke against the bills at a rally today outside the Capitol. “Our fight against paycheck deception is part of a long struggle," he said. "But it’s a struggle to get you full collective bargaining rights like you should have!”

His message was met with vigorous cheers.

Lewis also voiced support for expanding Medicaid, which was again rejected by the Missouri House this week.