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Why, the way the republican controlled Missouri General Assembly is filing bills you’d think that the interests of organized labor and working people are the most pressing evil facing the citizens of the state.

It’s going to be a long legislative session for working people.

HB 126  
Modifies provisions relating to fairness in public construction
Sponsor: Vescovo, Rob (112)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0529H.02I
Last Action: 12/02/2016 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 126
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

Part of the bill text [pdf]:

34.209. The state, any agency of the state, any political subdivision of the state, or any instrumentality thereof, when engaged in procuring or letting contracts for construction, repair, remodeling, or demolition of a facility shall ensure that bid specification, project agreements, and other controlling documents entered into, required, or subject to approval by the state, agency, political subdivision, or instrumentality do not:

[….]

(3) Encourage or give preferential treatment to bidders, offerors, contractors, or subcontractors for entering or refusing to enter or to remain signatory or otherwise adhere to agreements with one or more labor organizations on the same or related construction projects.

[….]

And more of the same, similar to bills filed earlier:

HB 131  
Prohibits an employer from requiring a person to become a member of a labor organization as a condition or continuation of employment
Sponsor: Lant, Bill (159)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0520H.01I
Last Action: 12/05/2016 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 131
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

HB 132  
Allows public bodies to opt out of prevailing wage laws for the construction of public works projects that are $750,000 or less
Sponsor: Lant, Bill (159)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0522H.01I
Last Action: 12/05/2016 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 132
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

HB 133  
Establishes the School Construction Act, which exempts construction and maintenance work done for certain school districts from the prevailing wage requirement upon the school board’s approval
Sponsor: Lant, Bill (159)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0521H.01I
Last Action: 12/05/2016 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 133
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

Yep, it’s going to be a very long legislative session for working people.

Previously:

HB 42 and HB 91: right to get paid less rears its ugly head – again (December 1, 2016)

HB 44, HB 78, HB 79, and HB 104: they ain’t gonna prevail no more (December 1, 2016)