By TIM ROWDEN
The Florissant City Council has unanimously approved a resolution calling for the repeal of Missouri’s so-called “right-to-work” law. In doing so, they have joined political leaders in St. Louis and Kansas City urging a public vote on repealing the deceptive anti-worker law.
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen and the Kansas City Council passed resolutions last month supporting efforts to repeal the “right-to-work” law by placing the measure on the 2018 ballot for voters to decide.
The Florissant City Council passed its resolution in mid-July.
Missouri became the 28th “right-to-work” state in February when Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed the anti-union, anti-worker bill. Under “right-to-work,” employees of unionized companies don’t have to pay union dues or a fairshare fee to support the union’s operations..
In its insightful resolution, the Florissant City County said the law makes it more difficult for workers to organize, impedes raising money to work on behalf of all employees, and threatens the general welfare of employees and their work conditions.
“We’re now faced with the misguided mindset of the haves and the have-nots that is heading into the direction of reducing the middle class to almost non-existence,” said Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider. “Organized Labor is one of the last sentries guarding the middle class against this ill-advised social change.”
CAMPAIGN TO REPEAL
We Are Missouri, the campaign to repeal the so-called “right-to-work” bill by placing the measure on the 2018 ballot, is well under way, with tens of thousands of signatures already collected, and more being gathered every day across the state. Organizers are racing against a deadline of Aug. 28, when the anti-union, anti-worker bill is set to become law.
But many more signature collectors are needed, and time is running short.
If you want to help in the effort to collect signatures on the Citizens’ Referendum petition to place so-called “right-to-work” on the ballot for voters and not politicians to decide, visit weareMo.org.