January 27, 2022 2 min read

“Let business decide” movement gains momentum

Nearly 300 Missouri employers, led by the Missouri Chamber, have co-signed a letter urging legislators to set aside anti-business proposals that would dictate workplace vaccine policy. Sign the letter here.

The word is getting out about Missouri’s grassroots employer community uniting behind this important issue. Watch recent clips from the news about the Missouri Chamber’s stance against government overreach.

This week, the Missouri Chamber testified in opposition to 16 anti-business proposals that would give state government the power to override vaccination policies set by private employers.

“The vast majority of businesses are encouraging, not requiring vaccines. However, it’s a bedrock of our free enterprise system that businesses have the ability to make those decisions of workplace policies that best suit how they operate,” said Kara Corches, Missouri Chamber vice president of governmental affairs.

Our message to Missouri lawmakers is simple: Let business decide.

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, represented by Shannon Cooper, also testified against the proposals.

“I have never seen this much legislation by [the House] on trying to tell people employers what they can and cannot do in their businesses, and I’ve been around here for 22 years. We’ve got chamber members that are staunch supporters of the vaccine and masking, and if you’re going to work for them, that’s the policy you’re going to follow. And we have members that are just the opposite. But at the end of the day, it should be the employer’s decision.”

Businesses and individuals are encouraged to co-sign our letter asking lawmakers to respect employers’ right to set workplace policies. Missourians can join this effort at www.mocahmber.dreamhosters.com/letbusinessdecide.

“The Missouri Chamber and employers across the state are standing up for the right to set workplace vaccination policies — including the ability to require a COVID-19 vaccine. Employers have long had the ability to set their own vaccination policies and the Missouri Chamber believes all employers should continue to have this right. An employer’s ability to set their own vaccination policy has long been supported by state law, federal law and the courts,” said Daniel P. Mehan, president and CEO, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “The Missouri Chamber will always stand against legislation that seeks to encroach on free enterprise. When it comes to workplace policies, we believe government should stay out of the way. It’s time to let business decide.”

For more information, contact Corches at kcorches@mochamber.com or 573-634-3511.

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