Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is signing a new right-to-work bill, turning Missouri into the 28th state with the anti-labor laws.
The bill signing in Missouri comes amid a national push to implement the policy. Republicans in Congress have introduced a version of right-to-work legislation that would, for the first time, allow millions of workers to opt out of union membership.
Seven of eight states that surround Missouri already have right-to-work laws, including Kentucky where it passed last month. New Hampshire senators on Thursday passed a similar bill that awaits a House vote.
Gov. Greitens is set to travel around the state lying to his constituents today. I wonder if he will pull a similar move to the one that Republican governor of Kentucky Matt Bevins pulled when he signed right-to-work laws and froze out workers from the “hearings”? Knowing how Gov. Greitens likes handling big strong guns, I’m guessing he’ll just have a ready-made group to speak in front of for a photo op. Republicans have had a lot of success lying to their economically “anxious” electorate, pointing to the early boosts in job gains that right-to-work states boast. Unfortunately, these “job gains” come with lower wages, higher poverty rates and infant mortality rates, less safe working conditions, lower educational investments and less chances of having healthcare offered in said jobs, and even better—zero rights when dealing with employers.
Gov. Greitens has already announced cuts to education, so check that off the list. Of course, this isn’t a surprise when you consider that Gov. Greitens’ gubernatorial campaign consisted of commercials with him shooting thousands of rounds of bullets into a forest. Good luck Missouri Republicans, you’ve got a real special government right now and they don’t like most of you.
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