Correction: Right to Work-Referendum-The Latest story
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In a story May 18 about a right-to-work referendum, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Senate Concurrent Resolution moving the election date did not require the governor’s signature to take effect. While some concurrent resolutions do not require a governor’s signature, this one did, and the governor signed it May 24.
A corrected version of the story is below:
The Latest: Missouri Senate OKs prevailing wage bill
The Missouri Senate has passed a bill changing the state’s prevailing wage law
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on union-related legislation (all times local):
The Missouri Senate has passed a bill changing the state’s prevailing wage law.
The proposal, approved early Friday 22-9, changes how some wages are calculated for public works projects. The bill next heads back to the House.
School districts, cities and other governmental entities currently must pay more than the state’s minimum wage for maintenance and construction work. The specific amount is determined by the type of work being done and a project’s location.
The bill would not impact projects worth less than $75,000.
Proponents say the proposal could help businesses lower inflated wages. Opponents argue that the changes will hurt small contractors and workers.
On Thursday, lawmakers also added new restrictions on public employee unions and moved up an election on right-to-work legislation.
The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill requiring public employee unions to get annual permission from workers to withhold dues from paychecks.
The proposal, narrowly approved by the House Thursday on a 87-62 vote, also requires that public unions pay to hold recertification elections every three years, elections that would require the support of more than half of all employees.
It also mandates that public labor agreements make picketing a fireable offense.
The bill would not apply to police officers, firefighters, corrections workers and other public emergency personnel.
Proponents say the rules would improve public unions’ accountability. Opponents say the measure could gut unions’ ability to bargain for higher wages.
The bill next heads to the governor.
The Missouri Legislature has moved the public vote on whether to ban mandatory union fees from November to August.
The proposal, approved by the House Thursday on a 96-47 vote, moves a vote on right-to-work to Aug. 7.
Republicans passed a right-to-work law last year but it never took effect because unions gathered enough signatures to put the question before voters. Those petitions called for a November vote, but right-to-work supporters wanted the vote in August.
Proponents say the change will help businesses plan for the future. Opponents say the move overrules the wishes of the voters who signed the petitions.
The Senate had previously passed the measure, which will take effect with the governor’s signature.
The election proposal is SCR 49
The union bill is HB 1413
The prevailing wage bill is HB 1729