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Right to Work and Paycheck Deception

Rep. Bill Lant (R-Joplin) has distributed an amendment to House Bill 34 that appears to include both Right to Work and Paycheck Deception language.  Lant's amendment does not include a public referendum to refer the language to statewide voters. · I've attached the link to all amendments.  Click on the Lant amendment. (· 

ACTION REQUIRED:1. Call your House Members. 2. Tell them to vote against House Bill 34 and reject the Lant Amendment to pass Right-to-Work and Paycheck Deception. 

TALKING POINTS: "We need to work together to grow Missouri's economy by creating good-paying jobs. To do that, we need to strengthen the middle class, not take away their rights."Connect: The middle class has always been the engine of our economy, but right now more people are falling out of the middle class than joining it.Explain: This is no accident.  When elected officials take away the rights of workers, middle-class families pay the price while corporate profits and CEO bonuses soar.Define: Workers choose to join unions so they are not on their own when it comes time to negotiate for the fair pay and modest benefits they need to take care of their families. Illustrate: Our economy works best when we value working people and businesses play by the rules.  Paying workers well means Missouri businesses will have more customers with money to keep them thriving and hiring.Core Values: We need leaders in Jefferson City who put middle-class families before big corporations.  

ATTACKS AND RESPONSES: "No one should be forced to join a union and pay dues to get a job in the state.  That's why we need Right-to-Work laws."· No one has to join a union to get a job—that's already the law.  All so-called "right-to-work" laws do is unfairly punish workers for exercising their right to stand together in a union by forcing them to pay for employees who don't.· Everyone should be paid a fair wage for a hard day's work.  When workers join together through unions, they can make sure that happens.· When workers can negotiate as a group against powerful corporations, they can raise their wages, which is especially important for women and minorities."Many of Missouri's border states have right-to-work laws.  Businesses will not want to relocate to Missouri if we do not adopt 'right-to-work' protections."· There are lots of reasons businesses relocate to certain states, but right-to-work laws are near the bottom.  More often, businesses look for tax incentives, a qualified labor force with strong work ethic, and a state's education system and quality of life.· In CEO-friendly right-to-work states, workers make less money, get less health care coverage, and get hurt on the job more.· In fact, unions raise pay and working standards for everyone, strengthening our economy along the way."We need Right-to-work laws to jump start job creation and the economy in Missouri."· Right to work laws take Missouri in the wrong direction.  Many of Missouri's largest and most profitable companies have employees with union contracts including Anheuser-Busch, UPS, etc.· &nbs p; Union contracts give companies the predictability they need to manage effectively.  By negotiating wages and benefits up front, companies can lock-in their expenses for several years.· Union contracts also give workers and the company agreed-upon grievance and appeals process that avoids unnecessary and expensive lawsuits. 

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