Govermor Signs Bill Making Missouri 28th Right-To-Work State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has made Missouri the 28th state to ban mandatory union fees.

Greitens signed the right-to-work bill into law Monday then traveled around the state announcing his support for the measure.

The governor had pledged to sign right to work while on the campaign trail. He and other supporters say it will bring business and jobs to the state. Opponents say it aims to weaken unions and could lead to lower wages.

Seven of the eight states that surround Missouri already have right-to-work laws, including Kentucky where it passed last month. New Hampshire lawmakers are considering a similar proposal.

Missouri’s new law will take effect Aug. 28. It exempts contracts in place before then until they expire or are reopened.

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