MISSOURI -- Republican Governor Eric Greitens signed legislation Monday, making Missouri the 28th state to ban mandatory union fees.
By signing the bill, Greitens is fulfilling one of his major campaign pledges.
He and other supporters say it will bring business and jobs to the state. Opponents say it aims to weaken unions and could lead to lower wages.
Missouri's Republican lawmakers have been working for decades to enact the law, which allows employees in unionized workplaces to opt out of paying unions for the cost of being represented.
Seven of eight states that surround Missouri already have right-to-work laws, including Kentucky where it passed last month.
Missouri's new law will take effect August 28. It exempts contracts in place before then until they expire or are reopened.
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