ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation this week that would have required public employees to give annual written consent before union dues could be deducted from their paychecks or used for political purposes.
There was immediate applause from Bob Soutier, President of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
“Thank God that we have a Democratic governor that supports workers in the state because that bill is bad,” he said. “That’s part of the Republican agenda in all the state. Every bit of anti-worker legislation that they can try to push, they push.”
Republicans who supported the bill called it a “paycheck protection” measure that preserved the rights of individual employees. Dan Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, called the governor’s veto “a shame” and said it thwarted employees’ free choice.