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Right-to-work bill passes through Missouri Senate

A right-to-work bill passed through the Missouri Senate Tuesday evening after a more than 8 hour filibuster by democrats.

The bill passed out of a Senate committee Monday night and came up for a vote Tuesday.

There has been a lot of backlash for the bill from not only democrats, but union workers from all over the state showed up Monday wearing shirts that say “right-to-work is wrong for Missouri.”

The bill hit the Senate floor a little after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Under the measure, unions would be banned from requiring fees they usually collect from their workers, and that would let members skip on paying their dues.

Those for the bill said it would open up Missouri for businesses, create jobs, and boost the economy.

Opponents said it would weaken the power of unions and lower wages.

Senator Jason Holsman from Kansas City said that’s not going to happen.

“We’re not sitting down this time. This is not something that we believe can be mitigated, compromised, or brought to a position. There are very few times on this floor where a senator will make declarative statements as such,” said Holsman.

The bill will now head to the House before moving on to Governor Nixon.

He opposes the bill and would most likely veto it.

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