Tom Dempsey

Right-to-work measure dies in Missouri House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. Applause erupted in Missouri's House chamber Wednesday as Republican leaders' goal to make Missouri the 26th "right-to-work" state died when members failed to vote to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto.

The measure, which prohibits companies from requiring union membership or dues as conditions of employment, was pushed through the legislative session in May as Republicans used aggressive tactics. Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed the bill in June, calling it a threat to unionized workers and wages.

As a gallery full of right-to-work opponents looked on Wednesday, House members voted 96-63 in favor of the override, 13 votes short of the 109 needed...