The Missouri AFL-CIO’s Annual Barbecue in the Park – an opportunity for union members and legislators from throughout the state to meet, enjoy food and drinks and relax away from the turmoil inside the State Capitol – will be held this year on Tuesday, April 28, from 4-8 p.m. at Memorial Park at 2214 West Main in Jefferson City.
There was a great turnout for last year’s event, with union leaders and legislators vowing to keep up the fight to protect workers’ right against legislative attacks.
This year is no different. Missouri legislators have filed no fewer than 10 (RTW) bills, and are revisiting their stalwart paycheck deception and anti-prevailing wage measures.
Lawmakers are virtually lining up to throw their share of stones at working families.
Which is why nurturing friendships and forming new relationships with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle is so important.
Buoyed by an overwhelming Republican majority, the Missouri House, for the first time ever, approved a right-to-work bill Feb. 12 and sent it to the Senate. But the measure, which combined House Bills HB116 and HB569 and would apply to all unions, only passed by a vote of 91-64 –– far short of the 109 needed to withstand a potential veto from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
Twenty-three House Republicans and one Independent joined Democrats in opposing the bill.
SAY ‘THANK YOU’
Although under attack, working families have friends in Jefferson City of all political stripes.
The Barbecue in the Park is a great way to let them know we appreciate them.
Union locals and friends of working families can help sponsor the event at $200, or make a donation of any amount.
Make checks payable to Missouri AFL-CIO and mail to: Attn: Julie Dominique, 227 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, MO 65101.