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Senate vote on Paycheck Protection bill will be close – member action needed

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The Missouri Senate is expected to take a vote today to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 1891, legislation that protects public employees’ paychecks from mandatory union fees.  It is expected to be a tight vote. There are three senators whose votes in support are critical for passage of this legislation. We ask our members to contact these senators and urge their support.

SEN. MARIA CHAPPELLE-NADAL – 573.751.4106

SEN. RYAN SILVEY – 573.751.5282

SEN. PAUL WIELAND – 573.751.1492

More details about the bill:

  • Under the bill, a public labor organization must receive an annual, written authorization from members before using any portion of dues, agency shop fees or any other fees for political campaign contributions or expenditures.
  • The bill is sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder, a Sikeston Republican, and was handled in the Senate by Sen. Dan Brown, a Republican from Rolla.
  • On May 4, 2016, the Missouri House voted to override Gov. Nixon’s veto by a vote of 109-47.
  • The Missouri Chamber believes that the current system violates workers’ rights under the First Amendment. Employees have a right to say what is taken out of their paychecks for political campaigns. Workers should not lose their First Amendment rights just because they are a member of a union.
  • This legislation doesn’t take away workers’ ability to contribute to union political activity, but it gives workers the choice.

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