Pre-filing of bills started today in our state’s capitol. And once again, workers are under attack. Today, two so-called ‘right-to-work’ bills were filed by both Representative White and Representative Burlison (HB1407 and HB1462). ‘Right-to-work’ states have lower wages on average, higher poverty rates, higher infant mortality rates, invest less in education, and have higher workplace fatalities. Today, Representative White also filed a bill that would cut our state’s prevailing wage law (HB1406). Studies have shown that workers who are paid theprevailing wage are more productive, and higher productivity can lower construction costs without lowering wages. Prevailing wage laws benefit blue-collar workers and their communities by:
1. Encouraging training
2. Lowering the rate of injuries
3. Promoting health care coverage
4. Minimizing disruption to local labor markets
5. Ensuring that minority and female workers receive prevailing wages
6. Encouraging their participation in apprenticeship programs
These attacks on workers are simply wrong. Missouri needs to invest our time and energy creating quality jobs for all Missourians.
-President Mike Louis
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