Missouri House committee endorses 'right to work'

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | 7:29 a.m. CST; updated 9:57 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 11, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — 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.

The House Workforce Development and Workforce Safety Committee also voted on Monday to advance legislation that would change how unions can collect fees. It would require unions to get annual written authorization to collect fees that are automatically deducted from a worker's paycheck.

If they clear the legislature, both measures would go on a statewide ballot. The Republican sponsors say sending the bills to voters would get around a likely veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

"Right to work" is a top priority of Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, of Eureka.

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Christopher Foote February 11, 2014 | 10:16 a.m.

Perhaps the Missourian could inform its readers of the economic benefits/losses associated with states that pass "right to work" legislation. It's my understanding that these laws have a negligible impact on unemployment, but significantly depress both union and nonunion wages. It seems strange Rep. Jones would seek to enrich corporate shareholders at the expense of working class Missourians. Maybe the $100,000 contribution Jones received from Rex Sinquefield (who favors RTW legislation) influenced his decision. Note that the contribution was for an election cycle in which Mr. Jones ran unopposed in district 110:
The ostensible purpose of a political contribution is to increase the chances that a candidate will be elected. What is the purpose of a political contribution in which the candidate's odds of election are 100%?

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Michael Williams February 11, 2014 | 1:43 p.m.

ChrisF: "Perhaps the Missourian could inform its readers..."

Given the many things the Missourian SHOULD and COULD report on, but doesn't, you just might get this one. Heck, I'd like to see it myself so long as it included some balance.

I remain disappointed in the Missourian. It has become more of an "advocacy paper" for specific and selected causes rather than a true newspaper. I guess this does make some sense since the paper is staffed by students with narrow interests and an academic faculty that shares those interests. The paper probably also has limited funds with which to purchase a variety of national columns, although I note it DOES publish articles from a few other Missouri newspapers (always liberal to fit an underlying philosophical agenda, tho).

I was thinking the other day about what I expect of a journalist. I decided that, of all the occupations in the world, a special type of diverse education is required for journalists. They should know at least a little about a whole lot of things. They should be highly educated, able to know at least a tidbit of what they are researching so they can separate wheat from chaff. Unfortunately, I mainly see journalists with a very narrow education centered around an ability to write well. They don't know which questions to ask, and if the answers are not what they want, those answers are discounted because the journalist doesn't have the background to believe them.

Journalists should be among the most diversely educated of us all.

PS: A true journalist is not biased for any reason.


Is there one who is....not?

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