After recent successes in Michigan and Indiana, supporters of "right-to-work" laws now are focusing their efforts on Missouri, Ohio and Oregon. But instead of relying on potentially reluctant governors to enact the measures, they are looking to place the issue before voters.
In Missouri, the Republican-led Legislature will consider whether to refer the measure to the 2014 ballot.
Two dozen states currently have "right-to-work" laws that prohibit union fees from being a condition of employment.
Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 4:49 pm
The percentage of Missouri workers who are members of a union dropped to less than 9 percent in 2012, following two years of slight gains.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its report on Monday. It showed that 51,000 fewer Missouri workers were in a union in 2012 than 2011. The state was part of a larger national trend, but that 2 percent drop was among the largest.