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8:03 am
Mon April 14, 2014

11 Missouri lawmakers in right-to-work spotlight

House floor at the Missouri Capitol
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The quest by House Speaker Tim Jones to pass new limitations on unions has focused attention on 11 of the 108 Republicans in the Missouri House.

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8:20 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri House endorses 'right to work' bill

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri's House has narrowly endorsed legislation prohibiting labor contracts from requiring workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Talking Politics: Right to Work and Missouri blue laws

Motorcycles line the showroom at Larry’s Motor Sports in Jefferson City March 4, 2014. Owner Larry Neill’s store has been in business for 28 years.
Credit Justin Paprocki / KBIA News

Since the early 1800s in Missouri, there have been laws against selling certain items on Sundays. These laws are called Blue Laws, and they were originally designed to give citizens and businesses a day of rest. But a motorcycle dealer in Kansas City is pushing to knock down one of the state's last remaining blue laws. KBIA's Justin Paprocki reported on how Sunday motorcycle sales could soon be allowed, with producing by Matthew Zuzolo.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

“Right to Work” bill trying to gain steam in Missouri

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    Across the nation, “right to work” bills have received a lot of attention. Twenty four states have adopted this legislation, most recently Indiana and Michigan. “Right to work” prohibits labor contracts from requiring all workers to pay union fees, regardless of whether they are union members.

Six of the eight states bordering Missouri have already passed “right to work,” one of which is Oklahoma. Bill Lant, representative from Pineville, sees a big difference between these two states.

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Politics
9:07 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Tout Accomplishments, Talk On What's Next, As Spring Break Begins

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:28 pm

The first half of Missouri's 2014 legislative session is over, and lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.

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Politics
8:25 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Mo. House committee endorses 'right to work'

Missouri House floor
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A Missouri House committee has endorsed a measure, known as "right to work," that would bar labor contracts from requiring that all employees pay union fees.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Missouri union hires former GOP speaker as lobbyist

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One of Missouri's largest labor organizations has hired a former Republican House Speaker as a lobbyist.

The Missouri AFL-CIO hired Steve Tilley this week as the labor organization prepares to combat "right to work" measures this year. The legislation would prohibit labor contracts from requiring that all employees pay union fees.

Tilley was first elected to the House in 2004 and became Speaker in 2011. While in that office he shied away from "right to work" and said it was not part of his agenda.

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Why The General Assembly Is Battling Over Right To Work

Monday's right-to-work hearing attracted a packed house

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 5:15 am

The first full week of the Missouri’s General Assembly is officially underway, and already the focus has shifted away from the expected topics – tax cuts and Medicaid expansion – and landed smack dab in the midst of a potentially bruising battle over labor rights.

The fight offers the potential of overshadowing other legislative issues for weeks, if not months.

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Politics
7:42 am
Tue January 14, 2014

'Right-to-work' bill praised and blasted in House committee hearing

A standing-room-only crowd awaits the start of a hearing on House Bill 1099, which would make Missouri a right-to-work state.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A bill to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.

As written, the so-called "Freedom to Work Act" (House Bill 1099) would bar workers from being required to "engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices" as a condition for employment.  It's sponsored by State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Missouri House panel to hear 'right to work' bill

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The first bill being considered by a Missouri House committee this year would prohibit the payment of union fees from being a condition of employment.

The legislation, known as "right to work," is getting a hearing in the House Workplace Development and Workplace Safety Committee.

It is a top priority for Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, of Eureka. He led a rally of about 100 activists in support of the bill before the legislative session opened last week.

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Business
8:09 am
Mon January 13, 2014

'Right to work' bill scheduled for hearing in House committee

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The first bill being considered by a Missouri House committee this year would prohibit the payment of union fees from being a condition of employment.

The legislation, known as "right to work," is scheduled for a Monday hearing in the House Workplace Development and Workplace Safety Committee.

It is a top priority for Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, of Eureka. He led a rally of about 100 activists in support of the bill before the legislative session opened last week.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Tax Cuts, Student Transfers May Dominate Missouri Legislature's 2014 Session

House Speaker Tim Jones and other Republican lawmakers on opening day of Missouri's 2014 legislative session.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 7:31 pm

The Missouri General Assembly's 2014 session is underway, and the first day sounded a lot like last year's session.

In his opening remarks, House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, laid out his agenda for this year's regular session: medical malpractice reform, making Missouri a right-to-work state, and cutting taxes.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Gov. Nixon, lawmakers differ on priorities

Missouri lawmakers open their annual session Wednesday with some different priorities than those of Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Mo. legislature to consider referring "right-to-work" law to 2014 ballot

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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.

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Politics
7:30 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

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

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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.

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Politics
8:13 am
Mon April 15, 2013

St. Louis NAACP Teams Up With Labor To Fight Right-To-Work Efforts

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 4:54 pm

The St. Louis branch of the NAACP is teaming up with local labor union groups to fight against efforts in Jefferson City to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state.


Chapter President Adolphus Pruitt says African-Americans are more likely to be union members than any other ethnicities in the United States, so the partnership makes sense.


“Right-to-work is a problem that exists across the country," Pruitt said.  "It’s trying to rear its ugly head up here in Missouri, (and) we’re gonna find a way to fight it back.”

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Politics
5:50 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Labor unions rally for collective bargaining rights

A bill requiring voter ID at the polls caused heated debate at the Missouri House of Representatives Monday.
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Labor union members from across Missouri descended on the State Capitol today, hoping to convince lawmakers to defeat bills they say are anti-worker.

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Politics
9:43 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Mo. House panel to take up 'right to work' bill

Legislation from Jefferson City attacks Pres. Obama's contraception mandate.
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A Missouri House committee is taking up legislation that would bar union membership or dues as a condition of employment.

The House Workforce Development Committee scheduled a public hearing Wednesday on the bill, which supporters call "right to work."

Approval by the Legislature would put the proposed new law to a statewide vote this November.
Supporters argue the legislation would allow Missouri to be more competitive in the job market. Opponents say it would weaken unions and hinder collective bargaining.