Thursday, June 04, 2015
AFP disappointed in Nixon veto of right-to-work bill
Today Governor Jay Nixon vetoes legislation overwhelmingly passed in both chambers of the state legislature that would have simply increased worker freedoms. Right to Work legislation, already embraced by 25 other states and six bordering Missouri, would not only keep jobs in Missouri, but attract new ones. Today's actions are unfortunate because recent reports show a stagnant state economy with thousands of jobs leaving the state each month; many of those jobs going to states where worker protection laws are supported. Today's veto will further guarantee that Missouri will continue to lose its most valued treasure, its people, to states where such laws already exist.
"I can't say I am shocked by the governor's decision, but that doesn't make it any less disappointing," said AFP Missouri State Director Patrick Werner.
He continued, "Several of our neighboring states already have Right to Work laws on the books and continue to take our friends and family who see better job opportunities. Missouri lost over 5,000 jobs in April alone, which was also preceded by three straight monthly unemployment rate increases. The time for action is well overdue."
Americans for Prosperity Missouri will continue to advocate for workers' rights in Missouri.