A bill introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives would make it illegal to even propose legislation limiting the collective bargaining power of public unions. As an exclamation point, the measure would make any legislator proposing such legislation a felon.
The Missouri bill reads, “Any member of the general assembly who proposes a piece of legislation that further restricts the right of an individual to bargain collectively, as set forth under section 29, article I of the Missouri Constitution, shall be guilty of a class D felony.”
The Daily Caller’s Robby Soave wrote:
The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Roorda. According to the text of the bill, any legislator who proposes restrictions on collective bargaining will be subject to prosecution for a class D felony.
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The legislation would prevent state congressmen from proposing laws such as right-to-work, a popular labor policy reform that gives individual workers the right not to join unions. Michigan recently became the 24th right-to-work state in the nation. Missouri does not have right-to-work.
States, even those in the Rust Belt, are beginning to turn their backs on organized labor’s grip on employment and the economy.
The trend began in Wisconsin, with Gov. Scott Walker’s well-publicized victory over the state’s public unions. In June 2011, New Jersey lawmakers rolled back the benefits of 750,000 public union workers and retirees. Indiana, and then Michigan, became America’s 23rd and 24th right-to-work states.
As union rolls plummet, their bosses are turning up the heat. The Missouri proposal is the latest example.
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