State Senator Caleb Rowden was one of many Missourians who stood up for Missouri’s Right to Work law this past weekend in response to Big Labor’s Day of Action.
From Columbia’s KOMU:
State Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, said he has always thought of “right to work” as pro-worker. He said he didn’t know if enough signatures would be collected by the August deadline.
“I think the people of Missouri will get to speak, and if they need to, they can do it again,” he said.
Rowden said Missouri has been stagnant compared to other states for the past 20 years. Becoming a right-to-work state will help Missouri get a competitive advantage in a global economy, he said.
“We are in competition not just with our border states, but with manufacturers moving around the world, frankly,” Rowden said.
He said he does not think “right to work” will be devastating to unions or middle-class workers.
“You’ve seen other states that pass ‘right to work’ that their union participation rates actually goes up instead of going down,” Rowden said. “It’s the right thing to do to grow the economy. It’s the right thing to do to make sure that workers have the freedom to choose if they want to be part of a union or not. But I think the benefits speak for themselves on both sides of the court.”
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Thank you, Sen. Rowden, for stepping up to #defendRTW!