An effort to ban public employee unions from automatically taking dues from a member's paycheck has gotten more attention lately, but Missouri Democrats were able to stall it -- at least for now. Missouri is the latest among several states to consider what supporters call "paycheck protection" but opponents argue it’s an attack on the power of collective bargaining. Missouri's measure, sponsored by Senator Dan Brown, a Republican from Rolla, would apply to public employee unions. Organizations representing teachers, state employees and city and county workers would not be able to collect dues directly from members' paychecks. Public employees who are considered "first responders," such as police officers and firefighters, would also be exempt from the bill and could still have their dues automatically deducted.