To the Editor:
Earlier this year state legislators passed right-to-work legislation to great fanfare. For the private-sector workers affected, the law promises greater flexibility and control over their jobs and their money. But legislators should not stop there; government workers deserve similar protections to those enjoyed by their private-sector counterparts.
That’s why worker empowerment legislation for government-sector employees is so important. This bundle of reforms would protect the paychecks of government workers; truly empower them to choose their union and monitor its spending (or choose no union at all); and let the public see the negotiations and contracts that their tax dollars ultimately pay for.
These are common-sense reforms that put power back in the hands of our government employees, and I hope that rather than stopping with right to work, legislators will keep this year’s labor reform momentum going. Government workers deserve as much.
Director of Government Accountability
The Show-Me Institute