With the re-election of Scott Walker in Wisconsin, should Missouri legislators get serious about Right to Work laws? With Wisconsin’s economic problems looming, newly elected governor, Scott Walker, identified the problem as out-of-control public sector benefits, and the process of putting those benefits in place. Briefly: public sector unions would use their workers dues to fund politicians’ campaigns. Since the unions had deep pockets and could easily mobilize workers, most of their candidates were elected. These officials would now negotiate generous benefit plans for the workers who would in turn keep the elected official in office. Walker’s assessment and solution were correct. The economy stabilized and he was re-elected.
Non public sector unions also make it difficult for businesses to operate. With Missouri’s current laws we have lost two major auto manufacturers and have not attracted projects like Boeing’s new commercial aircraft plant or Caterpillar’s proposed new operation. Much of Missouri’s small to medium-sized manufacturers have moved out-of-state. Also, our current laws allow “ambush” union drives like those going on now at St. Louis University Hospital and Des Peres Hospital.
Candidate Dave Spence agrees. According to the Beacon:
GOP gubernatorial hopeful Dave Spence endorsed “right to work” in Missouri, which would bar companies from operating “closed-union” shops where employees must pay dues if the majority has voted to be in a union.
Responding to a question at a forum Friday sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association, Spence told a crowd of business leaders that he would support the proposal.
“It’s time we explore it,” Spence said. “I know it’s a political hot potato. It’s kind of like the crazy political uncle in the closet that’s knocking at the door. Let him out, let’s talk about it, and let us see if there’s a common-sense solution. Doing nothing is wrong. And I know there are (two) sides to this argument. But it’s time we brought it out and started talking about it.”
After affirming his support for “right to work,” Spence noted that several surrounding states – mainly in the South – had adopted the policy. “And they are growing and are getting more businesses and we are not,” he added.
Read the full article: Spence endorses ‘right to work,’ historic tax credit curbs in RCGA speech