Kansas City NAACP, faith leaders announce opposition to Prop A

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Warn that African-American Missourians will be disproportionately harmed if Prop A passes

Kansas City, MO – A study by the Economic Policy Institute on the effects of Prop A (“right-to-work”) on Missouri families, and in particular black workers, was highlighted at a rally recently against the wage lowering ballot measure that will appear on the ballot on Aug. 7.

African-American leaders and leaders of the faith community joined Kansas City NAACP President Reverend Rodney Williams announcing their forceful opposition to Prop A.

The speakers, lining up with We Are Missouri, the growing and diverse coalition of Missourians dedicated to protecting workers’ rights, wages, benefits, and quality of life from the threat of Prop A, highlighted recent research by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) that shows Prop A (RTW) would disproportionately harm black workers.

BLACK WORKERS, ALL MISSOURI FAMILIES WOULD BE HURT

EPI’s study found that because African-Americans in Missouri have a strong representation by unions in the private industry, they would be harmed more by the negative impacts of Prop A (RTW) on wages and benefits.

Pastor Michael Brooks, representing MORE 2, the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, said, “The EPI study confirmed what we’ve known all along: African-Americans stand to lose the most if Proposition A passes. Prop A will lower wages and it will hurt all Missouri families, particularly black workers.”

RTW NOT A DECIDING FACTOR IN WHERE BUSINESSES LOCATE

“‘Right-to-work’ is not a deciding factor in where businesses decide to locate. That is now quite clear,” said Rev. Tex Sample, of Trinity United Methodist Church, who is also affiliated with MORE2 and the Poor People’s Campaign. “Communities lose jobs when wages are lowered by ‘right-to-work.’”

“Proposition A would not only destroy the strides that have been made for workers in Missouri, but hurt African-American workers in particular,” said Pat Roberts of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI). “The fight for workers’ rights and civil rights are inseparable.”

LIFE AND DEATH ISSUE

“For many workers and families who could lose their healthcare benefit, Prop A is literally a life and death issue. Prop A is wrong for workers. Prop A is wrong for workers’ families. Prop A is wrong for Missouri. Prop A is wrong,” said Rev. Susan McCann of Grace Episcopal Church and Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO).

IMPORTANCE OF VOTER TURNOUT

Rev. Rodney Williams, of Swope Parkway United Christian Church, stressed the importance of African-American turnout for the Aug. 7 election.

“By moving the vote to Aug. 7, our legislators are seeking to avoid the input of those who would be most impacted: black workers” he said. “We are going to inform the community that Prop A is wrong for Missouri.”

Rabbi Doug Alpert of Congregation Kol Ami closed the event with an inspirational prayer.

GET INVOLVED

Get involved in the campaign to stop RTW by voting NO on Prop A by texting RepealRTW to 97779. Or by visiting wearemo.org or emailing info@wearemo.org.

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