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Mo. House panel to take up 'right to work' bill

4:50 AM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee is taking up legislation that would bar union membership or dues as a condition of employment.

The House Workforce Development Committee scheduled a public hearing Wednesday on the bill, which supporters call "right to work."

Approval by the Legislature would put the proposed new law to a statewide vote this November.

Supporters argue the legislation would allow Missouri to be more competitive in the job market. Opponents say it would weaken unions and hinder collective bargaining.

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