The Missouri House passed SB 19, a right-to-work bill, which prohibits employers from requiring employees to join a union or pay union dues in order to obtain or keep employment. Newly elected Gov. Eric Grietens (R) announced that he plans to sign the bill. If the bill becomes law, Missouri will be the 28th state to pass such legislation.      

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) added language in his budget proposal repealing the state’s prevailing wage requirements and prohibiting state and local agencies from requiring or considering bidders’ use or lack of use of labor agreements in the bidding process for public works projects. The state Senate and Assembly have also passed separate bills prohibiting state and local government units from requiring labor agreements as part of state public works programs.