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How will right-to-work impact union workplaces in the St. Louis area?

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The St. Louis area chapter of the Postal Workers union. Credit: KMOV The St. Louis area chapter of the Postal Workers union. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The president of one St. Louis area union is predicting right-to-work will cause a drop in the number of people paying union dues but not a wholesale defection from unions.

"You're going to have people who don't want to pay those union dues," said Fred Wolfmeyer, president of The St. Louis Gateway District Local of the American Postal Workers Union.

Federal workers are not required to pay dues, so his union has been dealing with right-to-work conditions for years. Wolfmeyer said most workers understand and appreciate the benefits and protections from unions and agree to pay dues. In the St. Louis area, he said, 85 percent of the postal workers covered by APW pay dues. 

"I don't know that you're going to have 100 percent but even some of the better organized cities in the APW like Boston, New York they're running 90-percent or a little bit more," said Wolfmeyer.

He added that those who don't pay dues get the same benefits and protections as those who do. 

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