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Missouri Lt. Governor fights Employee Free Choice Act
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." In efforts to thwart the federal legislation, Kinder said that he is supporting the Missouri Save Our Secret Ballot Initiative. To further promote the measure, Kinder plans to visit Springfield, Joplin, Cape Girardeau and Kansas City throughout 2009. The Missouri Save Our Secret Ballot calls for protecting the right to secret ballots in federal, state, and union representation elections. The same initiative has been filed in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah.
- Southeast Missourian, "Kinder to fight federal union measure," July 21, 2009
- Associated Press, "Mo. Lt. Gov. Kinder joins businesses in backing initiative on union elections," July 14, 2009
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Kinder takes own tour of Missouri for secret ballot push," July 14, 2009
- Save Our Secret Ballot, accessed July 26, 2009