Missourians to decide "Right-to-Work" in November 2018

Courtesy: Derick Barnes, Laborers Local 663

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians will decide the "Right-to-Work" question at the ballot box in November 2018.

The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office certified 250,327 signatures of registered voters. They needed just 140,000 signatures.

“This is proof positive that Missouri’s working people want to decide for themselves and not leave it to Gov. Eric Greitens and his legislature to force this upon us,” said Heavy Construction Laborers Union Local 663 President and Business Manager Jason Mendenhall. “This so-called ‘right-to-work’ hurts families and communities. We should have the right to protect ourselves with our right to vote.”

Greitens signed the bill passed by the Missouri General Assembly earlier this year. It was set to take effect in August, however, unions spread out across the state to gather signatures. The “Right to Work” measure aims to ban the collection of union dues as a condition of employment.

“Just the name ‘right to work’ is a lie,” added Tim Bell, Business Manager of the Western Missouri and Kansas Laborers District Council. “Federal law already protects workers from being forced to join a union. This is just a cash-grab, trying to take money out of the pockets of working people in Missouri.”

The Right to Work question last made the ballot in 1978, when 60 percent of Missouri voters gave voted against the proposed Amendment 23.