Missouri House panel to hear bill limiting union fees

02/03/2014 7:23 AM

02/03/2014 7:25 AM

A Missouri House committee is scheduled to consider legislation that would change the ability of certain public employee labor unions to collect fees.

The Workforce Development and Workforce Safety Committee is planning to hear public testimony Monday on the measure its supporters call “paycheck protection.”

The bill, HB 1617, would prohibit a union from receiving fees that are deducted automatically from a public employee’s paycheck. It would also require unions to get written authorization to spend a person’s fees on political activities.

Unions representing “first responders,” such as police and firefighters, would not be affected by the bill.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a similar bill last year, but it was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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