Eastern Missouri Laborers’ Local Member’s Son Takes Message About Unions To Legislators - Writes ‘Thank You’ Letters To Republicans Who Voted ‘No’ On Right-To-Work
(SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI) - Clayton Bruner, who is the son of Laborers’ Local 110 Member Mark Bruner, recently received the Eastern Missouri Laborers District Council Scholarship and a Local 110 scholarship. Between taking classes at Missouri State University in Springfield, where he is a sophomore who’s majoring in mathematics, the 19-year-old Bruner wrote a letter to his father’s Union:
“I wanted to take the time to send you a short thank you note to let you know my appreciation for all the Union (Laborers’ Local 110) does for me. I am thankful that you value the importance of higher education and feel very fortunate to benefit from that. I know that it is through my father’s work under the Union that I have gotten the financial support for my college career. I also, over Christmas break, sent thank you letters to show my appreciation to the Missouri Representatives that crossed party ideas and voted no on the Right-To-Work Legislation recently. This was an important victory for my father and the Unions and I did not want it to go unmentioned because I know the fight is not over.”
Bruner understands what Union Wages and Benefits have done for his family and he gets upset with legislators who want to take that away.
“I went to a Town Hall meeting with my Dad and the representative there. Marsha Haefner (Republican-St. Louis) didn’t really want to talk about her Right-To-Work vote,” he said. “I was concerned about that. It concerned my Dad, too, because he’s a hard-working Union Member.”
When the House of Representatives upheld Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of last year’s Right-To-Work Measure, Clayton took it upon himself to write to each of the 20 Republican legislators who stood with Missouri Working Families in sustaining Nixon’s veto.
Their actions, crossing party lines to vote with Democrats against the measure, helped ensure its defeat.
“I felt compelled to write to the twenty representatives because I was grateful for that, and benefitted my family,” Clayton said.
Here’s a sample of Clayton’s letter to the representatives:
“I am writing to you to sincerely thank you for supporting Working Families (like mine) and voting No on the Right-To-Work Legislation recently. My father works hard and earns an honest wage. It is because of his Union that he has been able to raise a family of four and give me the opportunity to higher education.”
The letter continues: “Right-To-Work proponents are only big corporate interests that pretend to argue for some fictitious Worker that wants to go Non-Union. I appreciate that you support Missouri Workers and realize that this bill would only push down all Wages in the Trades and, more importantly, make for dangerous working conditions. I understand economic times are tough and you are faced with tough decisions, but this is the right decision. It will not help Missouri economically and will only benefit large corporations who wish to pay people less for their labor. Studies confirm that Right-To-Work States earn lower wages - not just for Union Members, but for all Employees in the state. When Unions are weakened by this corporate greed legislation, all the state’s workers feel the impact. Thank you again for your support, and I hope that the Workers of Missouri and my family can count on you to continue to good fight for us all.”
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