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Standing With Working People in Jefferson County

Republicans and Democrats from JeffCo opposed SB29, an unfair paycheck deception bill which passed the Missouri House today.

As a neighbor in Jefferson County, I want to share some good news about our local elected leaders. Even though a majority in the Missouri House of Representatives voted to pass SB29,  an unfair bill that will make it more difficult for working people to have a voice at work and in Jefferson City, there was bipartisan opposition here in JeffCo.

Although this isn't an exhaustive list of Jefferson County legislators who sided with working people over special interests, I'd like to share this quote with you from Fr. Steve Robeson of St John's Catholic Church in Imperial. He and many other faith leaders spoke about the vote today through Missouri Jobs with Justice, a coalition of faith, community, student and labor groups. Many of the members of Missouri JwJ along with union members have been meeting with elected officials, writing letters and making phone calls to try and stop this bill from becoming law.

“Today’s vote by the House to pass paycheck deception won’t help educate Missouri’s children – but it will make it tougher for teachers to advocate for manageable class sizes. It won’t create any jobs, but it will make it more difficult for hardworking public employees to do their jobs. We all deserve better.  However, I want to recognize the dedicated bipartisan opposition from Jefferson County that voted values instead of partisan politics on this unfair legislation."

"My blessings to the Jefferson County delegation including Republican Representatives John McCaherty and Paul Weiland, and Democratic Representatives Michael Frame and Jeff Roorda for voting their values and making the working families of Jefferson County a priority today.”  Fr. Steve Robeson of St. John’s Catholic Church in Imperial, MO

Standing up for voters at home even under pressure from leadership isn't easy. Thank you to all our local elected officials who did the right thing today.

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