(KMOV) – Labor unions in Missouri may be bracing for a political fight. Debate is starting in Jefferson City over a move to try to strip down the power of unions.
The idea of legislation aimed at the labor unions in Missouri rose up right after the election, when Republicans gained a wide majority in the state Senate.
The new expected GOP leader in the Senate, Rob Mayer of Southeast Missouri, suggested there might be a “right to work” bill introduced in Jefferson City. The bill would no longer make union membership required in Missouri.
Some say that unions are driving and keeping away private sector jobs, and not having the union requirement would open up the state to more industry.
However, organized labor, which has been entrenched in the city of St. Louis for decades, sees this as a threat.
Senator Mayer was not available for comment on this story. But one Senate Republican does say that wide support for a measure like this may not be automatic.
Taking on the unions may be difficult, especially among senators in districts that are in and near urban areas.