JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - An effort to ban public employee unions from automatically deducting dues from a member's paycheck has been gaining momentum across the country, but Missouri Democrats were able to stall it - at least for now.
Missouri is the latest of a long list of states to consider what supporters call "paycheck protection" but that opponents say is an attack on the power of collective bargaining.
Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Ohio, Michigan and Washington state have enacted similar paycheck laws, with others looking into it.
Under Missouri's measure, organizations representing teachers, state employees and city and county workers would not be able to collect dues directly from members' paychecks. Public employees considered "first responders," such as police and firefighters, would be exempt from the bill and could still have their dues deducted automatically.
Senate Democrats spent the week blocking the measure.