Missouri House votes to amend constitution for right to work

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has approved a constitutional
amendment to ban mandatory union fees. If both chambers sign off on the
proposal, voters would decide the issue Nov. 6 or on another date set by the
governor.

The proposal, approved 93-54 on Monday, is intended to protect right-to-work
legislation Republicans passed last year.

That law has not taken effect, because union supporters gathered enough
signatures to call a separate election to try and override it.

Proponents say workers should be able to choose whether they want to pay fees
in industries that currently require union membership.

Opponents say banning union fees hurts workers and wages.

The constitutional amendment now heads to the Senate, where the Senate
Minority Leader has threatened to filibuster it.

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