Missouri House, 106th District
St. Charles, MO – In the race for Missouri’s 106th House District, Republican Adam Schwadron has been silent on his position about “right-to-work.” But his actions speak louder than words.
Schwadron has been campaigning with Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) and Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove), who are both strongly in favor of anti-union “right-to-work” (RTW) legislation.
Democratic candidate Cindy Berne is unabashedly pro-union. She has been endorsed by the Missouri AFL-CIO, the St. Louis Labor Council and virtually every major labor organization in the region, and campaigned against RTW in 2018. Her husband, Bill, is a 40-year member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562.
A lifelong Missourian, Berne holds an associate’s degree in Horticulture from Meramec Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri S&T). She decided to run for office, she says, because she got tired of how the state’s leaders treat working people,
“I helped organize signatures against RTW (Prop A) in 2018. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep that job killing garbage from coming to Missouri,” Berne said.
“When politicians attack unions, it’s personal. I come from a union family, so whether it’s restoring Missouri’s prevailing wage or standing with workers on a picket line, I’ll always be a partner to the Labor Movement.”
STAKES ARE HIGH
The 106th is a very union-friendly district. Even the current Republican representative Chrissy Sommer opposes RTW. But not Schwadron.
“Seventy percent of my district voted against RTW,” Berne said, “but my opponent refuses to take a public position on it. The truth? His anti-labor donors have already purchased his vote. The bottom line is Adam Schwadron won’t stand up for Missouri’s workers. I will.”
The stakes are high in this election. Missouri voters overwhelming defeated RTW in 2018, but “Missouri’s Governor said he will sign RTW if it comes across his desk,” Berne said. “There’s no doubt in my mind they will try to ram this through again in 2021 if we don’t elect pro-Labor representatives at all levels of government.”
To find out more about Berne and her campaign, visit berneformo.com.