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
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 email@example.com or by
phone at 573-634-3511.