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Right to Work Bill Moves Forward in MO Legislature


Right to Work legislation is heading to the Senate in the final days of session.  Michael Lindquist reports from Jefferson City.
A Senate committee voted to send Right to Work legislation to the Senate for a vote.

The bill would prohibit employers from requiring its employees to join a union. 

The hearing consisted of a long stream of union workers testifying in opposition to the bill.

A representative from the St. Louis Carpenters' District Council, Terry Nelson, opposes Right to Work legislation.

“Do not put shackles on the arms of the unions by not allowing us to do what we do best and that's to have a partnership with the people we survive with," he said.

A representative from Missourians Right to Work, Greg Johns, is a supporter of the bill and said this bill will help unions in Missouri.

“It's proven that our union membership will build if we have a right to work law in the state of Missouri. The facts are there," he said.

The committee voted five to three sending the bill to the Senate floor where senators have until Friday to take a vote.

The House approved the legislation in February.