Missouri Statement on Right to Work after Indiana becomes 23rd state to be RTW
Missouri Watches As Indiana Embraces Worker Freedom
MO finds itself at a competitive disadvantage with another Right to Work state
JEFFERSON CITY, MO Yesterday, Indianas state Senate stood up for their workers by passing legislation to make Indiana the 23rd Right to Work state. The bill has already passed the Indiana House and was signed by Governor Mitch Daniels last night.
Economic studies have found that Right to Work states enjoy double the job growth of non-Right to Work states. In addition, census data shows that over 5 million Americans moved from non-Right to Work to Right to Work states between 2000 and 2009. Missouri is surrounded by neighboring states that have already passed Right to Work and are enjoying job growth at the expense of Missouri families. Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee are ALL Right to Work states and are ALL stealing MO jobs.
SB 547, Missouris version of Right to Work, received its first hearing on January 17th in the Senate General Laws committee. Missouri should follow the leadership of the Indiana general assembly and make Right to Work a priority in this state, said Patrick Werner, State Director for AFP-MO. Missouri communities that border these Right to Work states understand the importance of this legislation. They see growing and thriving communities just a few miles down the road, the only difference is, the jobs being created are in a different state.
Indianas Right to Work law is a victory for workers everywhere, adds Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity. Indiana has done the right thing by giving workers the freedom to choose where they work, without having to first ask permission from a union.
When states give workers the right to choose, the result is more jobs and more prosperity. Surrounding states should be looking to Indiana as an example of how to support worker freedom, Phillips concluded.
Right to Work legislation prevents unions from denying workers a job based on union membership or requiring workers to pay union dues. It does not prevent collective bargaining or legal union organizing.