Missouri State Representative Courtney Curtis (District 73), who says he stands “98 percent behind unions,” has filed a bill to make it harder for unions to organize and to invalidate any existing project labor agreement for a future stadium.
The bill, H.B. 2170, would require unions to report to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations the name, telephone number or email address, and age of every individual that they try to recruit during the year.
The bill also would bar any executive action creating a project labor agreement “on any stadium project, the public funding of which is not submitted to a public vote.” Instead, the proposed legislation would require the local legislative approval by a board of aldermen, city council, or similar elected board of a project labor agreement. Such agreements could not require that employees covered by the agreement pay any kind of dues or fees to the unions representing them, but must require the performance of at least 20 percent of all work by apprentices.
Curtis said in a press statement that H.B. 2170 was the subject of the argument between him and Rep. Michael Butler (District 79) in late January that escalated into a physical confrontation.
Last year, Curtis filed a “right-to-work” bill in the legislature. He insists that unions continue to deny minorities equal access to construction jobs, a claim that unions deny, and that his bills would make unions stronger.