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MO Gov. Vetoes Harmful “Paycheck Deception” Bill, Union Dues Collection to Continue

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a harmful “paycheck protection” bill which would have forced union members to give annual consent for automatic paycheck deductions.  The bill, SB 29, is unlikely to garner enough votes for an override considering 19 House Republicans joined Democrats in opposing it when it initially passed the House.  

In a statement, Nixon said SB 29 placed “unnecessary burdens on public employees for the purpose of weakening labor organizations” and was unfair to public employees:

“Public employees who are members of unions would be required to complete two separate authorizations each year.  Singling out union dues for these extra processes serves no beneficial purpose.”

Paycheck protection is often referred to as “paycheck deception” in pro-worker circles.

Nixon suggested that annual consent for routine paycheck deductions should be required in industries, such as retirement plans and college savings plans, if unions faced such scrutiny. Another comparison is frequently made to corporate shareholders whose money is used for all types of activites without direct consent.

Nixon suggested that a provision in SB29 which exempted first responders would have “ treated some public sector employees differently than others without a compelling reason,” rendering the bill unconstitutional.

Dan Mehan, the president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, called the veto “a shame.”  His group, along with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), are chief supporters of anti-union paycheck protection bills nationwide, not surprisingly.

Hugh McVey, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, commended Nixon saying that he “stands as a firewall against the extremist agenda that would unfairly take rights away from workers.”

Republicans could re-introduce “paycheck protection” when the September session begins.


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