August 15, 2018
Three Cheers for
Right to Work gets shot down! The state of Missouri
recently voted overwhelmingly to defeat Proposition A.
This was a Right to Work law passed by their legislature
2017. It was also signed by their governor. A referendum
went on the ballot after 300,000+ signatures halted the
implementation of this law.
Proposition A would have made it illegal for unions who
represent workers to charge fees for their services.
These workers would, in effect, get a free ride by
enjoying union negotiated benefits.
Right to Work is a major objective for big business and
primarily supported by the Republican Party. In the 2016
presidential election, Missouri strongly supported
Proposition A drew one-third of the statesí registered
voters out to the polls. For a primary election, it was
Missouriís highest turnout in more than a decade. The
measure was shot down by a 67-33 percent vote.
Pro Right to Work groups claim this will bring in more
jobs. Labor groups led by construction workers and the
AFL-CIO contributed heavily in a successful effort to
defeat the issue.
Economists say Right to Work does little to help the
economy and does not help workers. Quite frequently
workers wages decreased. Economists at the University of
Missouri concluded that Right to Work would cut
household income up to $2500. With corporate CEOs
earning 270 times more than their average workers, Right
to Work must be kicked out the door!