CONTACT: Rob Twitchell, Outreach and Coalitions Director
The Missouri Federation of College Republicans strongly encourages the General Assembly to override Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of HB116, otherwise known as Right to Work.
The group urges all state legislators to vote in favor to override Governor Nixon’s veto of this common sense law that simply allows workers a freewill choice.
“It is unacceptable that there are Republican legislators who voted against this legislation in a time when Missouri has the 34th highest rate of unemployment in the country,” said Rob Twitchell, Outreach and Coalitions Director. “Something must be done to kick-start our economy. As we look to graduation and our careers, we are terrified that our elected officials arenot doing everything in their power to rehabilitate the economy in ways other states have successfully done.”
The Missouri Federation of College Republicans support worker freedom and advocate for the benefits that a Right to Work law will bring to Missouri.
Relocation firms across the nation report that at least half of all companies looking to expand or relocate seek out Right to Work states. Since the end of 2013, Michigan added 24,900 manufacturing employees over the 13-month period from January 2014 to January 2015. Indiana is up 17,800. Both states have adopted Right to Work laws in the last 2 years and are number 1 and 2 in job growth in the U.S. according to the National Association of Manufacturers, says the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor. Between 2003 and 2013, non-farm, private-sector payroll employment grew by 9.2% in Right to Work states, but by only 4.0% in non-Right to Work states. Similarly, the real manufacturing GDP in Right to Work states increased by 26.1% between 2003 and 2013, while it grew by only 13.8% in non-Right to Work states.
“The labor force of tomorrow is speaking up,” Twitchell continued. “We do not want to enter a workplace that forces us to join a union to be employed. The facts are clear. Missouri wouldn’t be trying something new. We can look to other states as models to know that our economy will significantly improve and provide more opportunities for the next generation.”
The Missouri Federation of College Republicans is a statewide collegiate collection of politically active conservatives embodying thousands of students across 22 campuses. College Republicans have made a name for themselves as the backbone of boots-on-the-ground campaigning through reliably volunteering on local, state, and national races for decades.