Missouri Unions: ‘We Won! For Now’ as Bipartisan Opposition Defeats Right-to-Work, Paycheck Deception

JEFFERSON CITY, MO.– As the closing bell rings on the 2014 Missouri legislative session, that commonsense bipartisanship prevented two major attacks on Missouri workers from moving forward: Both right-to-work and paycheck deception went down the drain.

Those two measures were priorities for Missouri extremists, led by House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, and a small group of Washington lobbyists, but solidarity through the We Are Missouri Coalition, educational outreach and a commitment to working across the aisle prevented these unfair, deceptive and unnecessary bills from advancing, the state labor federation said.

Missouri could become a model for defeating anti-union, anti-worker initiatives in other states, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said.

Beating right-to-work and paycheck deception there “sends a strong signal that working people will stand together to prevail over outrageous attacks on their rights,”  he stated.

“This victory is a testament to common-sense bipartisanship and a direct blow to corporate interests whose goal is literally to hurt working people.

Along with our allies, we’ll continue to build upon our successes and move forward to create better opportunities for all workers. Only by fighting back together can we ensure a better life for all Americans.”

State legislators also failed to raise Missouri’s minimum wage for struggling low-wage Missourians and refused to expand Medicaid eligibility.

“Every legislative session is an opportunity for our elected officials to make our state better for the people who sent them to Jefferson City,” said Lara Granich, director of Missouri Jobs with Justice.