Courts Give Right-to-Work Opponents a Second Option to Try to Block Law

By on June 30, 2017

From St. Louis Public Radio:  A Missouri appeals court helped labor groups Tuesday, giving them a backup plan in their attempt to block the new right-to-work law that’ll take effect Aug. 28.

The court ruled that the state must restore the original ballot language for initiative petitions that seek a constitutional amendment to make sure Missouri can’t have any right-to-work laws. Such laws bar unions and employers from requiring workers to pay dues or fees.

Right-to-work supporters contended the language, crafted hours before former Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander left office, was too biased in favor of labor. A lower-court judge agreed earlier this year, but Tuesday’s ruling overturned that decision.

Already, there’s a separate set of petitions circulating to have voters in 2018 decide whether the right-to-work law that Gov. Eric Greitens signed in February should go into effect. The petitions for what is legally called a referendum must be delivered — with the correct number of valid signatures — to the state by 5 p.m. on the same day the law starts.

If that method succeeds, it’s unclear whether labor groups can put the constitutional amendment question on the same ballot.

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