Action Alert

URGENT: Encourage YOUR legislators to OVERRIDE Governor Nixon's veto of HB 116!

The Missouri Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 116 the Employee Freedom Act otherwise known as Right-to-Work (RTW) in the 2015 session. Governor Nixon, continuing his downward spiral of making Missouri's economy less competitive vetoed the bill. He "coincidentally" received $50,000 from unions right after issuing his veto even though he isn't running for office again.


Under the worker freedom bill (RTW) passed by the legislature, an employee may choose to join a union or not. Under RTW, any employer can hire any member of a union but cannot require that they be a member of a union.  Under RTW, an employer may hire any or all of his/her employees from the union hall if they so choose.


CLICK HERE to let your Representative and Senator know you support worker freedom and to override Governor Nixon’s veto of HB116!


Why is RTW important to Missouri? J-O-B-S.


As the chart below shows, RTW states saw twice the job growth than forced union states like Missouri which came in 11th from the bottom in job creation. Missouri’s economy is stagnate and needs a shot in the arm. As an RTW state, Missouri would once again be a target for companies looking to expand or re-locate.


CLICK HERE to let your Representative and Senator know you support worker freedom and to override Governor Nixon’s veto of HB116!


As you might imagine, unions and their supporters levy many false accusation against RTW in general and Missouri’s HB116.  Here’s some of them:


1.      RTW results in lower wages and benefits.  FALSE

a.       No state going from forced union status to RTW has seen a decrease in wages/benefits.

b.      When cost-of-living factored in, employees in RTW states have MORE buying power than those in forced union states.

c.       Wages are increasing in RTW states faster than in force union states.

2.      RTW allows non-union workers to “freeload” on union negotiated wages/benefits. FALSE

Unions ARE NOT required to represent non-members (Retail Clerks v. Dry Lion Goods (1962)). Unions SEEK “exclusive bargaining unit” status which applies to non-members because they choose to not because they have to do so.     

3.      HB116 will terminate existing union contracts. FALSE

Section 7, subsection (5) specifically says the law does not affect or apply to any existing agreements.

4.      HB116 prohibits employers from hiring whomever they want, e.g., union trained, union members. FALSE

An employer can hire anyone they choose to include hiring directly from a union hall either union or non-union. The law simply prohibits them from requiring an employee belong to a union.


CLICK HERE to let your Representative and Senator know you support worker freedom and to override Governor Nixon’s veto of HB116!


Governor Nixon’s veto of HB 116 is all about politics not growing the economy in Missouri.  It’s par for the course for the Governor and indicative of why he is rated as one of the lowest performing Governors when looking at private sector job creation taking place on their watch (39th out of 45 evaluated http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/on-numbers/scott-thomas/2013/06/39-jay-nixon.html).


CLICK HERE to let your Representative and Senator know you support worker freedom and to override Governor Nixon’s veto of HB116!


Make no doubt about it -- unions who represent about 8% of the total work force in Missouri (down from a high of 27.1% in 1964) are pulling out the stops to avoid Missouri creating more jobs, improving wages and benefits and becoming more prosperous by opposing HB 116 and an override of the Governor’s veto. Their success means more economic malaise for Missouri’s economy and stagnation for the workers of the state.


Sadly, many legislators fall prey to the false information and intimidation tactics from unions and their supporters. How did your legislator vote on HB 116? Here’s a searchable file to so you can see how your Representative and Senator voted on this important: HB 116 VOTE.


It's imperative that the legislature override Governor Nixon's veto of HB 116.  Without it, Missouri will continue to see stagnant, slow growth, see more wealth leave the state and watch as our neighboring states attract more new jobs.

Take action now - CLICK HERE to let your Representative and Senator know you support worker freedom and to override Governor Nixon’s veto of HB116!


Sincerely,

Carl Bearden

Executive Director

United for Missouri

(888) 332-3811




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