Missouri may not go the way of Michigan when it comes to new labor laws.
But Missourinet reports that House Speaker Tim Jones is eye-balling something called "paycheck protection," which requires unions to get permission each year from its members to use fees or dues for political contributions.
Jones thinks that would achieve the same goal as right-to-work, and he believes it can pass.
“Money is extremely important to the labor unions. They are the biggest opponents to us on that level and I look at what happened in this last campaign cycle and most of the Democrats in this state rely on that money which is forced from hard-working workers into those coffers.”
Jones supports right-to-work, which keeps union membership or dues payments from being a condition of employment, but he doesn’t think it would pass in Missouri without the backing of Gov. Jay Nixon even with veto-proof Republican majorities in both chambers.
“We have 110 members in the House. That’s more of a number than a reality on every single issue. I understand that I have a lot of members who are very conflicted on a variety of issues. Every district is not the same.”
The legislative session begins January 9.