Sunday, March 3, 2013

Anti-union bill falters in Missouri, thanks in part to YOUR calls and emails

A nasty anti-union bill is stalled in the Missouri senate because Democratic senators are filibustering -- and because YOU are supporting them.

The bill, SB 29, would make it illegal for employers to honor employees' voluntary request to deduct their union dues from their paychecks. We call it paycheck deception. It's straight out of ALEC, the dating service for state lawmakers and corporations that's funded by the Benedict Arnold Koch brothers.

Americans for Prosperity, the Benedict Arnold Koch brothers' phony tea party group, is sending a barrage of emails demanding those Democrats allow a vote on SB 29. The ploy seems to have backfired.

Jason Rosenbaum reports in the St. Louis Beacon
An email campaign against state Sens. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, and Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, may have resulted in unintended consequences... 
During a recent debate, LeVota read aloud some e-mails he received (from Americans for Prosperity), including a message asking him to “stop the shenanigans” and allow a vote...
But the email campaign has encouraged LeVota to speak out even more against the measure -- and sparked what looks to be an email campaign from opponents of the bill, making the bill's prospects more uncertain... 
LeVota noted that he has received e-mails from residents in his district asking him to oppose Brown’s legislation. 
“I received 235 e-mails from constituents in my district who were against the bill. Now my guess is they were alerted by their union,” he said. “But still. They put their address.”
Great work, brothers and sisters. We know hundreds of you sent emails and called your senators to vote no on the bill. You'll have to keep it up, as the bill has been carried over to the coming week.

Luke Turnbough at tells us:

Concentrated Democratic opposition to a Republican priority for this legislative session has pushed debate into next week... 
Some of the opposition has come from Democratic Senators Ryan McKenna of Crystal City and Jason Holsman of Kansas City.  
Senator McKenna wonders why Republicans don't make it as hard for Republican supporting organizations to collect money from their members to support Republican goals. 
Actually, it's worse than that. ALEC is taxed as a charitable organization -- as if there's something philanthropic about destroying the middle class.