Panel asked to block automatic state worker union fees

State employees shouldn’t be required to pay union fees without their permission, state Sen. Jason Crowell told a Senate committee Tuesday.

And he urged the same committee to change Missouri law so that the state’s minimum wage never can be higher than the federal minimum wage.

The committee took no action on either measure Tuesday.

Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, told the Senate’s Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee that any state employee working where a union has been voted in as a bargaining unit should have to give permission both to have the state withhold the union’s fees and, separately, to have any of that money spent on political activity.

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