Right-to-work falls short in veto override attempt

Missouri Chamber

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri will not become a right-to-work state in 2015 following a failed attempt to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of this important bill to protect workers and spur economic growth.

Right-to-work legislation says that workers cannot be required to join a union and pay dues as a condition of employment. The language was contained in House Bill 116, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, a Republican from Springfield. This year, Rep. Burlison’s bill became the first right-to-work proposal to pass the Missouri General Assembly. Today, the bill died when lawmakers were not able to garner enough support to override Gov. Nixon’s veto. The final vote, 96-63, failed to reach a two-thirds majority required to override a veto.

“It’s incredibly disappointing to see our General Assembly — which is heavily comprised of lawmakers who were elected on pro-business platforms — continue to fall short when it comes to making…

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