The House Republican supermajority advanced another piece of its labor reform agenda, with the passage of HB 126 related to project labor agreements.
The bill would bar required union agreements on public works projects. Bill sponsor, Representative Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) said project labor agreements discriminate against non-union workers and called them, “indefensible.”
Democrats like Bob Burns (St. Louis) said project labor agreements allow local governments to guarantee quality work will be done.
The bill goes to the Senate, which has already passed similar legislation.
The House earlier this session joined the Senate in sending Governor Eric Greitens a right-to-work bill, which was signed into law earlier this month. The House also passed a bill supporters call, “paycheck protection,” which requires annual permission from a public union employee before union dues or fees can be taken from his or her paychecks.
Legislation dealing with prevailing wage laws, which make contractors pay a state-set minimum wage for trade workers on public projects, is moving through House committees and could be the next labor reform the chamber will debate.