JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) - Supporters of a right to work law for Missouri fell 13 votes short of overriding Governor Jay Nixon's veto Wednesday. Lawmakers on both sides of the issue say they were under intense pressure to change their vote. But supporters picked up only four additional votes after a summer of lobbying. They needed 109 votes to reach the two-thirds majority necessary to override a veto. Consequently the measure died and did not move on to the Missouri Senate.
Organized labor supporters argued right to work was an effort to destroy the balance between workers and employers. Supporters of the bill say Missouri is losing jobs and has become unappealing to corporations looking for locations for expansion.
Republican representative Kevin Engler from Farmington refused to walk away from his union constituents. He said, "I won't change my vote even if my contributors threaten me.”
Engler added "We need to come up with a solution that is a compromise, but nobody is looking for that."
Tim Jones with the Club for Growth promised right to work supporters will be back again next year to work to bring the law to Missouri.