Governor Signing Right To Work In Springfield

The Missouri House gave final approval of the bill on February 2nd. Gary Burtless is a labor economist with the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. He says right-to-work states have weaker unions, but he's not sure which leads to which. Labor unions spent heavily to defeat Greitens previous year based largely on his pledge to work with state lawmakers to enact right-to-work legislation.

Governor Eric Greitens will make Missouri the 29th "right-to-work" state in the country when he signs the legislation Monday morning in Springfield, keeping a campaign promise and marking a Republican win for lawmakers that would have seen the legislation fall to former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto pen.

He says it likely will face more pushback.

Greitens also has signing ceremonies scheduled Monday in Poplar Bluff and Jefferson City. That means IL is going to be surrounded by so-called right-to-work states.

"Here's what you've heard from union bosses about right to work: it's a union-busting, job-killing, anti-worker program that will drive down wages and outlaw unions". Right-To-Work means no one can be forced to join or pay money to a union as a condition of employment. "If Gov. Greitens signs this bill, he could be the next Scott Walker and help usher in a new era of labor reform in the country".

The new law is the culmination of decades of work by business groups and Missouri Republicans.