JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is supporting legislation prohibiting union fees as condition of employment.

Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer tells The Associated Press that he plans to take up the so-called “right to work” legislation next week in the Senate.

The Chamber of Commerce had not previously taken a position on the bill. But the chamber said Thursday that it decided to back the legislation after surveying its members.

The legislation would prohibit closed union shops in which union dues or fees are required of all employees. Mayer, a Republican from Dexter, contends that some businesses are shying away from Missouri because it lacks a “right to work” law.

Democrats counter that unions have helped to improve wages and working conditions.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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