Monique Morrissey with the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) spoke with America’s Work Force Union Podcast about specious claims underlying Missouri’s anti–collective bargaining law.
Public Sector Workers in Missouri
Morrissey first spoke about whether or not restrictions placed on public-sector unions and collective bargaining in a 2018 law unconstitutionally infringe on those rights. There is an anti-collective bargaining law in Missouri and the EPI filed a “friend of the court” (amicus curiae) brief in the case to debunk these claims.
The brief exposed how weakening or taking away collective bargaining from public sector employees will widen the wage gap for women and workers of color. Morrissey used a case from Wisconsin as an example. She said that they went from not having a wage gap to having a significant one after state legislators weakened their states collective bargaining law.
Morrissey continued and said that one of the most problematic changes to the law is that it would require public-sector unions to be recertified every three years. It would force these public sector unions to only be able to turn out their members for a vote every three years. This is harmful because their current workforce may not be the same in three years and it ignores the fact that public sector turnover is significantly higher than the private sector.
Legislators in Missouri attempting to pass the anti-collective bargaining law claim that collective bargaining is “not fair” for young people. Morrissey commented on that claim by saying that young workers have the strongest support for unions. Collective bargaining structures promote equality between men and women, offer financial security and reduce turnover.