SPRINGFIELD, Mo. After a Missouri bill was defeated in a primary election last summer, one lawmaker is bringing it back.
Voters opposed “right to work,” a measure that would have banned workers from needing to join a union as a condition of employment.
State senator-elect Eric Burlison filed Senate Bill 63 which would send right to work back to lawmakers next year.
“It’s pitted union VS. non-union or union against the people and that’s ridiculous,” said Derick Barnes, a business agent at heavy construction laborers local 663, “it’s the working people, that’s who I represent.”
Barnes said 67% of Missouri voters rejected right to work so it shouldn’t even be up for discussion.
“I think it is absolutely pathetic that it’s being brought back, even talked about again,” said Barnes.
Eric Burlison said one of the reasons he’s re-filing this bill is this is an issue he campaigned on before he even ran for office.
“For me, I have a duly responsibility I think to continue what I stood for all these years, and continue to fight for an issue that I think ultimately is the right moral issue,” said Burlison.
Burlison argues we’re losing out on potential companies to come and relocate here…
“When this issue failed on the ballot we know that there was a major employer that had been working with the Springfield chamber of commerce, that backed out after Missouri failed to pass right to work,” said Burlison.
But Barnes disagrees.
“Overwhelmingly, this affects so many people and they know that it’s a sham,” Barnes said, “there’s no guarantee that businesses will come.”
Barnes said this is about wages.
“You look at these states that are next to us and the wages are a fourth of what ours are, in a right to work state, don’t tell me that that it’s not about wages,” Barnes said.
Again, this is just a pre-filing.
It has to go through a long process of approval by committee members all the way to the Senate floor, the house, and eventually needs to be signed by the governor.