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Missouri Voters Urge Senate to Reject ALEC-Inspired Anti-Worker Legislation

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Voters from across the state of Missouri wrote letters to their state senators this week, urging them to reject "right to work" for less and paycheck deception legislation. Both proposals are currently before the state's General Assembly.

We Are Missouri reports:

“These tired attacks on working families are just wrong,” said Mike Melson, an auto worker from Wentzville, Mo. “Divisive bills like ‘right to work’ and paycheck deception are all about politics—not economics. Our leaders in Jefferson City should be working to create jobs and move Missouri’s economy forward, not focusing on political paybacks.”

“At a time when the economy continues to struggle to recover and many families are still waiting for employment to pick up, Missourians need more economic security, not less,” said Diana Arends, of Independence, a former steelworker and member of Jobs with Justice.

Progress Missouri has taken a closer look at the bills and sees the fingerprints of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) all over them. At least 11 sponsors or co-sponsors of the various House and Senate bills have ties to ALEC and side-by-side comparisons of the bills to ALEC's model legislation border on plagiarism.

"Legislators need to be listening to ordinary people, not corporate special interests pushing an extreme agenda," said Sean Soendker Nicholson, Progress Missouri’s executive director. "The bills being pushed by ALEC put corporate profits ahead of the well being of average Americans. It's time to make sure that ordinary people—not corporate interests—are in charge of our government."

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