Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is taking on union bosses in Missouri. With the support of a Missouri’s Republican-controlled legislature, the governor signed “right-to-work” legislation into law on Monday.
The measure prohibits labor unions from collecting dues as a condition of employment.
Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, knew the fight would be a tough one — but worth it in the end if it helped bring jobs to the state. The governor made the legislation one of his top priorities in his first 100 days.
“We need more quality, high-paying jobs, and by passing right-to-work we sent a clear message that Missouri is open for business,” Greitens told the Washington Free Beacon.
“We know that our political opponents will do everything they can to stop our pro-jobs agenda, but the people of Missouri need and want quality jobs.”
Greitens said right-to-work helps to increase jobs and wages. He also that union bosses didn’t support the law because “they don’t have to do anything to earn the support of union workers” as they get a guaranteed cut of every union members’ paycheck.
Greitens knew he’d get pushback from Democrats and union bosses, and he was right. The St. Louis Dispatch reported that Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis and Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel filed a petition to put right-to-work on the ballot.
But the governor didn’t seem too worried. He told the Free Beacon that part of the reason voters supported him was his stance on right to work.
“Right to work doesn’t eliminate unions. It makes them more responsible and accountable to their members on the front lines,” he explained.
As it should. Labor unions may have once served an important purpose by helping workers fight for adequate working conditions, higher wages and benefits. However, over the years, they seem to have served workers less while serving primarily leftist political causes more.
This legislation requires that unions work to earn the support of workers, which is the way it should be.
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