House gives first-round approval to measure prohibiting employers from forcing workers to pay union dues
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House gives first-round approval to measure prohibiting employers from forcing workers to pay union dues

Date: April 9, 2014
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
The House gave first-round approval to Right to Work legislation after a contentious and sometimes fiery debate
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Wrap: 

Actuality:  HUMSCH.WAV
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Description: "What does the bill actually do? It lowers wages, gentleman! This bill lowers wages. Well, how does this bill lower wages? Tell me how this bill lowers wages! How does it do it?"

That is just a taste of the debate over right to work legislation on the House floor.

The bill prohibits employers from forcing a worker to join a union and from paying dues to a union.

Bill sponsor Representative Eric Burlison says the bill is about worker freedom.

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Description: Why are we so afraid to give workers a choice?

The bill passed by a vote of 78 to 68.

That's 4 votes short of the number needed to ultimately pass the House.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

Intro: 
A contentious debate erupted on the House floor over Right to Work legislation
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Wrap: The bill sponsored by Springfield Republican Representative Eric Burlison would prohibit employers from forcing workers to join a union and pay union dues.

Burlison said the bill is about worker freedom, but Democratic Leader Jacob Hummel of St. Louis said the bill lowers wages and hurts families.

Hummel also called out House Speaker Tim Jones during his speech.

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Description: We didn't start this fight, Mr. Speaker. You did, but you can be sure, we're damn well gonna finish it.

The measure was given initial approval by a 78 to 68 margin.

That's 4 votes short of the number needed to ultimately pass the House.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


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