JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — So-called 'Right to Work' legislation will be back on the agenda in Jefferson City next session, even after the measure was voted down by a wide margin in August.
Republican Senator-elect Eric Burlison pre-filed Senate Bill 63, which would make it illegal for employers to require employees to be a part of a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment.
Burlison has been a member of the Missouri House of Representatives since 2009, but was term-limited. He successfully ran for Senate in November. He will represent District 20, which is made up of almost all of Christian and Greene Counties other than the city of Springfield.
Missouri is no stranger to the 'Right to Work' battle. A bill was passed by the Missouri general assembly in 2017 and signed by Former Governor Eric Greitens. That bill would have prohibited mandatory union dues as a condition of employment in a labor organization.
That law never went into effect, as opponents gathered enough petition signatures to force a public referendum on it.
In August, voters rejected the bill by nearly 35 percent.