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The Committee to Protect Missouri Families has a new series of ads explaining how so-called "right to work" would hurt Missouri's middle class by cutting workers' wages and benefits. "Right to work" is pushed by out-of-state corporate interests that want to boost profits and CEO pay at the expense of working Missouri families.
For the past few years, politicians and national groups like Americans for Prosperity have pushed so-called "right to work" laws in Missouri. "Right to work" is a policy strongly supported by American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate "bill mill" that churns out model legislation written by and for corporations. ALEC'S model bills cover a variety of topics, including "right to work." Several members of the Missouri Legislature have ties to ALEC, and though sponsors have presented the so-called "right to work" bills as their own, the language mirrors ALEC's model legislation nearly word for word. This underscores the fact that "right to work" is a policy supported by out-of-state corporate interests rather than Missouri workers and businesses.
Two of the ads call out legislators by name: Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) and Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston). Though only Burlison has known ties to ALEC, both he and Rehder have been carrying water for the organization. The Committee to Protect Missouri Families' ads urge citizens to call Reps. Burlison and Rehder and tell them to "stop working for CEOs and start working for us."