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Missouri became the 28 right-to-work state when Gov. Eric Greitens signed it into law earlier this month. The legislation prohibits employers and labor unions from requiring employees to shell out dues. But the new law hasn’t been without opposition from unions statewide. Mark Baker who is a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is against the new law and says it’s an attempt to drive down wages.

Interview Highlights

 

On why he's opposed to the legislation

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Feb 17, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public Missouri is now a right to work state, but labor unions are still pushing back. We’ll hear from Mark Baker, a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers about why his organization is opposed to the new law and what the law’s provisions mean for unions.  Later on in the show, a southwest Missouri woman had to take out a bank loan and travel to another state to get a late term abortion, a decision she made after finding out the fetus had severe genetic abnormalities.

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

With the 2017 legislative session in full swing, rumblings of right-to-work legislation have surfaced yet again. Now with backing from new Gov. Eric Greitens, Republicans are likely to get it passed this time. State Rep. Kathy Swan spoke with KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson to talk about this and much more.

 

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Jan 13, 2017

This week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re talking about right-to-work legislation in Missouri with State Rep. Kathy Swan. We’ll hear her thoughts on how right-to-work legislation could benefit job growth in Missouri and the likelihood of it passing this time around. We’ll also talk with her about newly filed bills she hopes to get passed this year, and also her thoughts on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Then, a choir from southwest Missouri is set to take center stage at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Dan Woods spoke with Jason Sides, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religion at Southeast Missouri State University about some of the ballot initiatives in Missouri.
 

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