Union bosses have gathered more than $700,000 for an effort to undermine Missouri’s Right to Work law, which was passed during the 2017 legislative session. They have sponsored both a referendum to directly invalidate the measure and an initiative that could both repeal the law and prevent it from being offered in the future, and they have utilized misleading ballot language to confuse voters on both. Please, educate your friends and families about the truth – Right to Work is good for Missouri workers, and we must not let misleading ballot measures invalidate this common sense law.
Before legislative session began, union leaders filed a series of initiative petitions seeking to preemptively invalidate Right to Work because they knew the bill would pass in 2017.
Now, three Missourians have launched a lawsuit supported by the National Right to Work Foundation challenging these initiatives, saying the ballot language “fraudulently presents itself as an ‘employees’ rights proposition even though the Proposed Amendment seeks to empower only those ‘employees’ organizing themselves into labor unions and seeking to externalize union costs upon those employees who choose to withhold their support.”
In effect, they contend that rather than protecting all employees, the initiatives simply allow those who support mandatory union fees to continue imposing their will upon those who would prefer not to pay a union.
These three Missouri workers and the National Right to Work Foundation deserve thanks for their dedication to defending workers’ rights.
Today, the Missouri House took a major step forward in the effort to give our state’s workers the freedom to work without being forced to join or pay a union, passing a Right to Work bill with a commanding vote of 100 to 59.
Right to Work is on the move in the Missouri Senate, as well. The Senate General Laws Committee voted their version of the Right to Work bill do pass yesterday, and today it was added to the Senate’s formal calendar.
This quick movement on Right to Work legislation has sent a message that our state will finally pass this common sense law in 2017, and bill sponsors Rep. Holly Rehder, Rep. Bill White, Rep. Bill Lant, Rep. Rick Brattin, Rep. Charlie Davis, and Sen. Dan Brown deserve thanks for their hard work.
We also want to thank you for everything you have done to encourage the passage of Right to Work legislation. During the coming weeks, please help keep the pressure up. Tell your friends and family about the benefits of Right to Work, and call your local lawmakers to encourage them to quickly pass this important bill.
With your help, we can make sure Missouri becomes a Right to Work state, paving the way for increased economic development and more freedom for our workforce.