Missouri Voters Reject Right-To-Work Law

By on August 9, 2018

From NPR:  Voters in Missouri resoundingly struck down that state’s right-to-work law after labor unions in Missouri organized a strong signature campaign to get a referendum on the ballot.


Voters in Missouri overwhelmingly struck down that state’s so-called right-to-work law in yesterday’s primary. We should explain this. Right-to-work laws prevent unions from requiring employees to pay union dues even if those employees don’t want to be part of the union. These laws are on the books in dozens of states. The vote is a major victory for labor groups in Missouri and may be good news for unions around the country. We are joined now by Jason Rosenbaum from St. Louis Public Radio. Hey, Jason.

JASON ROSENBAUM, BYLINE: Thanks for having me.

MARTIN: So you were at a rally for union members, I understand, last night watching the votes roll in. What were people there telling you?

ROSENBAUM: It was euphoria. For many people in the organized labor movement in Missouri, the fight over right to work was a fight for their livelihoods. The idea behind right to work for many members of organized labor is if union members aren’t required to pay dues, there’ll be less money, and if there’s less money, the contracts and benefits will be less beneficial. And you heard that from union members like Alexis Strader (ph), a nursing home worker who explained to me why this issue was so important to her.

ALEXIS STRADER: So basically, it will send a message all across the United States that Missouri is not backing down, that we’re built on working families, and we want working families to succeed in life.

MARTIN: The vote was decisive. Maybe two-thirds of voters sided with organized labor. But it wasn’t cheap, was it? They had to spend a lot of money to make this happen.

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