Missouri Lt. Governor fights Employee Free Choice Act

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July 26, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: Earlier last week Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder spoke out against a federal labor bill called the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives but the Senate has yet to make a final decision. The bill would institute a method called "card check" which would allow union leaders to view signature cards filled out during elections. Currently, under federal law, if 30% of union works sign cards in favor of an election the employers must allow an election. However, Kinder argues that the bill "will be a jobs destroying bill, make no mistake about it."[1] In efforts to thwart the federal legislation, Kinder said that he is supporting the Missouri Save Our Secret Ballot Initiative.[2] To further promote the measure, Kinder plans to visit Springfield, Joplin, Cape Girardeau and Kansas City throughout 2009.[3] The Missouri Save Our Secret Ballot calls for protecting the right to secret ballots in federal, state, and union representation elections.[4] The same initiative has been filed in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah.

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