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Speaking at the hearing on ALEC's so-called "right-to-work" bill last Tuesday, former Republican State Representative Shannon Cooper told the story of how a union job helped lift his family out of poverty and create a bright future for him and his siblings. Cooper laid out the conservative argument against so-called "right-to-work," agreeing with State Representative Eric Burlison and ALEC State Chair Ed Emery that the proposal would lower wages for all Missourians.
"This is about lowering people's wages to where they can't make a good living. You know what, the halls aren't lined today with the 22,000 union carpenters we have in Missouri. You know why? They're out working where they should be. They're the best kind of constituents you could ever have. They want nothing other than to be left alone. They want to go to work. They want to support their families. They want to suport their communities. They want to have a good, decent job. That's all they are asking for... There's a lot of issues facing the state that will do a lot better for the people than beating up on the unions." -Shannon Cooper