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Your Opinion: 'Right to work' is the right thing

Dear Editor:

I wonder how many people noticed your article in the April 20 News Tribune about Teamsters general president, James Hoffa, visiting the Missouri Capitol?

Apparently he is not pleased that there are bills in the House and Senate which, if passed into law, would actually require permission from employees before automatically withdrawing union dues, fees or political contributions from their paycheck.

These are aptly called “right-to-work” laws, and, as you might imagine, right-to-work states are growing jobs at a much faster pace than “non-right-to-work” states.

Hey, if James Hoffa, himself, visited the Missouri Capitol, he must be at least a little worried that our Legislature might do the right thing and give employees control over their own paychecks and political contributions.

It is well-known that union dues go straight to the coffers of the Democratic Party. Mr. Hoffa certainly cannot sit idly by and watch his treasure trove dry up.

Possibly more disturbing is the suggestion that House Speaker Steven Tilley is cowing to Hoffa. Otherwise, why would Tilley say that the “right-to-work” legislation is not part of the “pro-business agenda” laid out by his chamber?

All of us Missourians who value our freedom should be asking Speaker Tilley, “Why not?”

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