Missouri Chamber testifies to protect employee’s paychecks

This week the House Workforce Development and Workplace Safety committee held a public hearing on HB 64, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison. The bill would allow an employer or labor organization to obtain a political contribution through an automatic payroll deduction, only if the employee or member consents to the contribution in writing annually.

Currently employees who pay union dues have no say whether campaign contributions are taken out of their dues, or where those contributions are directed.

The Missouri Chamber testified on behalf of the proposed legislation.

“This bill would allow union members to decide if their contributions can be used for political campaigns,” Tracy King, vice president of governmental affairs for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said during the hearing. “Our membership, which includes unions, is supportive of this legislation and the general public is supportive of this legislation. People have a right to designate which candidate gets support with their money.”

In a recent poll by Opinion Research Corporation International, 81 percent of those surveyed supported these protections of employees paychecks. Even more significant, 79 percent of union households support these protections.

The bill was not voted on.

For more information about paycheck protection legislation, please contact Tracy King, vice president of governmental affairs at tking@mochamber.com or by phone at 573-634-3511.