Advocacy groups start lobbying for their own special sessions in Mo legislature

Sharp divisions have developed between Governor Eric Greitens and state lawmakers over his call for two special sessions so far this summer.  But that hasn’t discouraged interest groups from lobbying the legislature to act on behalf of their priorities.

Image – courtesy of Americans For Prosperity

The conservative advocacy organization Americans for Prosperity has sent a letter to three state Senate Republican majority leader’s asking for yet another special session.  The group wants legislation to require public-sector unions to be re-certified by the employees they represent.

Americans for Prosperity Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady says most union haven’t been certified by the workers they represent since they were formed, which could be 50 years ago.

“It allows union members today that belong to that union to have the opportunity to either certify, possibly pick another union, or have no representation at all” said Cady.  “So it depends on what the workers decide.”

The letter to the Senate leaders contends that public-sector unions need to be held more accountable to their members, and to the public.  Cady quoted Governor Greitens “State of the State” address while suggesting the number of state workers should be reduced.

“One of the remarks that was made during the State of the State was ‘It could be likely that we have too many’.  Our state bureaucracy is too large, and we may need to shrink that down a little bit.”

Missouri has roughly 60,000 state employees.  During the State of the State, Greitens noted Indiana, Illinois and Ohio have far fewer employees per 10,000 people.  He suggested Missouri’s “big bloated bureaucracy” was the reason it has the country’s lowest paid state employees.

When asked if unions are needed to negotiate better wages for the low paid workers, Cady said employees should make that decision through the re-certification process.

“That should be up to the worker, not the unions.  If…

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