Tag: labor reform

Committee uncertain if Prevailing Wage should be repealed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On Wednesday’s Senate Interim Committee on labor reform, Chairman Dave Schatz unveiled data he collected regarding Missouri’s Prevailing Wage Law. In his 23 page report, he found that about 85% of public works projects on the local level are under $500,000 and most of the projects […]

Five topics that may prompt Greitens to call a special session

Gov. Eric Greitens hinted heavily at his end of session press conference that the Missouri General Assembly will come back for a special session. He gave the legislature an “incomplete” grade in answer to a question of how he would rate his own performance in his first legislative session as […]

Greitens’ campaign promises begin to bear fruit

On the 76th day of his short tenure as governor, Eric Greitens signed Rep. Kevin Corlew’s expert witness standards bill that would move Missouri to the Daubert standard as opposed to its current statutory standard. It was a key tort reform measure Greitens mentioned in his State of the State […]

Labor reform fight to continue with prevailing wage battle

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Eric Greitens will likely sign Sen. Dan Brown’s right-to-work bill Friday, marking the conclusion of years of effort by Missouri Republicans to get the legislation into law. However, right-to-work’s passage is far from the end of labor reform in the state. House and Senate Republicans […]

Right-to-work perfected by Senate as labor supporters do not pursue filibuster

Senate bill presumed to be going to Greitens’ desk JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After years of effort, Senate Republicans passed Sen. Dan Brown’s right-to-work bill out of the chamber for the last time Wednesday night. Democrats debated for roughly 10 hours over the last three days before finally ending their years-long defense […]

Senate Democrats hint of filibuster on right-to-work during floor debate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh began listing each right-to-work state’s own provisions on whether or not the violation of that law caused civil liability or criminal penalties, the Democrats’ debate over Sen. Dan Brown’s right-to-work bill appeared ready to go into the night. A few […]

Right-to-work passed by House on inevitable journey to Greitens’ desk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Debate alternated between heartfelt to contentious to passionate to sobering between members of the House as the body perfected Holly Rehder’s right-to-work bill 100-58 Wednesday, passing it Thursday 100-59. The issue has divided Missourians and that divide was on full display Wednesday over the course of […]

Right-to-work hearing marks first step of new labor reform reality

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Former Rep. Shannon Cooper, reprentative for the Carpenters District Council may have put it best Tuesday afternoon when he said he felt like Mel Gibson’s portrayal of William Wallace at the end of Braveheart. “We fought a good fight, but we know where we’re heading,” the […]

Richardson quick on the right-to-work trigger

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Speaker Todd Richardson made clear his intention to strike directly at major reforms early in the 2017 session with his opening speech to the chamber Wednesday. Democrats across the state have dreaded the beginning of the legislative session after the Republican landslide in November granting […]

Missouri Chamber announces legislative priorities for 2017

Missouri can make significant gains in economic standing and opportunities for workers in 2017 By Karen Buschmann, Missouri Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Communications JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s business community has unfinished business to resolve in the 2017 Legislative Session. After nearly a decade of vetoes of labor, civil […]