Court sides with workers in RTW ballot dispute; Day of Action this Saturday, Aug. 5

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A ‘RTW’ DAY OF ACTION is scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 5 to collect signatures on the Citizens’ Referendum petition to stop implementation of so-called “right-to-work” in Missouri by putting it on the ballot for voters to decide.

Turn in petitions Aug. 8 at IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis

By TIM ROWDEN

Editor

Score one for the good guys.

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District last week overturned an earlier, lower court decision that had found the language of the Citizens’ Referendum ballot initiative to halt implementation of Missouri’s so-called “right-to-work” law by placing it on the ballot for voters to decide was unfair and insufficient.

The appellate court ruling means the ballot language included on petitions that have been signed by tens of thousands of Missourians will not need to change and the Citizens’ Referendum petition effort will go forward unabated.

Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, praised the decision.

“We were pleased that the Western District Court of Appeals has sided with Missouri voters' right to make their voices heard through the referendum process,” Louis said. “We will continue our signature collection efforts, and have full confidence Missouri voters will have the final say on whether so-called ‘right-to-work’ becomes law in November 2018.”

DAY OF ACTION THIS SATURDAY, AUG. 5

We Are Missouri, the campaign to repeal the so-called “right-to-work” bill passed by the Missouri legislature and signed by Governor Eric Greitens in February, is hosting a final statewide Day of Action this Saturday, Aug. 5, to collect signatures to place the measure on the ballot.

“We’ve collected tens of thousands of signatures from Missouri residents, regular working people, who believe that voters and not politicians should be the ones to decide this issue,” Louis said. “Every signature counts to ensure voters have a chance to be heard. If you haven’t signed the petition, this is another opportunity. If you’re helping collect signatures, we need your help in these locations.”

Signing locations for the Day of Action are as follows:

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY

Time: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Location: IBEW Local 1 Union Hall, 2611 Gerhardt, Cape Girardeau

Contact: Lee Asher at 314-805-6762

MARION COUNTY

Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: IBEW Local 350 Union Hall, 801 Church St., Hannibal

Contact: Mike Johnson at 660-342-7296

ADAIR COUNTY

Time: 7 a.m. - noon

Location: Kirksville Farmers Market, 110 N. Elson St., Kirksville

Contact: Mike Johnson at 660-342-7296

BOONE COUNTY

Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: Farmers’ Market behind 1701 Ash St., Columbia

Contact: Susan McClintic at 573-268-9590

GREENE COUNTY

Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: SEIU Local 1 Union Hall, 431 Jefferson, Ste. 124, Springfield

Contact: Bridget Kelly at 314-239-7692

CASS COUNTY

Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: IAMAW Local Lodge 778, 9404 Grandview Rd., Kansas City, Mo.

Contact: Brian Simmons at 816-812-8880

BUCHANAN COUNTY

Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Carpenters Local 110 Union Hall, 310 Belt Hwy., St. Joseph

Contact: Jessica Podhola at 816-785-5126

TURN IN YOUR PETITIONS NEXT TUESDAY, AUG. 8

If you have signed petitions that need to be notarized and turned in, now is the time.

Stop by IBEW Local 1 Union Hall, 5850 Elizabeth Ave. in St Louis at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 to turn in your petitions.

Guest speakers are being arranged.

For more information on the petition drive or signing locations near you, visit WeAreMO.org or go to the group's Facebook page.

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