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Columbia Missourian

Missouri House committee passes 'right to work,' other labor bills

By Casey Bischel
February 11, 2014 | 8:11 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri is a step closer to becoming a "right to work" state.

The Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Committee voted 8-4 Monday to pass the Republican-sponsored legislation, as well as bills relating to changes in the prevailing wage and dues collection. The bills passed along party lines.

The "right to work" bills, 1053 and 1143, would end union membership, dues payments and contributions to third parties on behalf of unions as conditions of employment.

The two bills are nearly identical. HB 1053, however, includes a referendum clause that would put the issue to a popular vote.

HB 1617 would make public-employee unions get yearly written authorizations from members to continue their membership and require the organizations to ask for their consent before making political contributions.

HB 1306 would change how the prevailing wage, what public municipalities pay for construction and maintenance work, is calculated by basing the new rate on location and type of work.