Missouri Supreme Court sides with unions – again – over RTW ballot initiative

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RTW IS WRONG: That was the message delivered by thousands of union members and working Missourians who turned out in Jefferson City Aug. 18 to turn in 310,567 signatures on a Citizens’ Veto referendum petition to place Missouri’s anti-union, anti-worker RTW law on the November 2018 ballot for voters to decide. The Missouri Supreme Court last week threw out a challenge, backed by the National Right To Work Foundation, challenging the initiative’s ballot language. – Labor Tribune photo

By TIM ROWDEN
Editor

Jefferson City – A desperate, last ditch effort funded by out-of-state billionaires to deny Missourians the right to vote on the Citizens’ Veto referendum to repeal Missouri’s anti-union, anti-worker “right-to-work” law has been rejected by the Missouri Supreme Court.

The court ruled Oct. 7 that it would not take up an appeal of a lower court ruling that paved the way for workers to place a question on the November 2018 ballot asking whether voters want the new law.

“This court ruling is a victory for the middle class and hard-working Missourians all across the state,” Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO said.

“It is unfortunate that politicians in Jefferson City, and their billionaire buddies, are trying to subvert the will of the people, by rewarding their greedy political donors.

“It is time for politicians to listen to their constituents and allow the democratic process to play out,” Louis said. “It is time for the people to have their voices heard and for the politicians to listen.”

So-called “right-to-work” (RTW) outlaws paying union dues or fees by banning union represented businesses from negotiating labor contracts that assure workers will either pay dues or a smaller “fair share” fee to cover the union’s cost of bargaining and representation.

The idea is to financially starve unions, which, by federal law, have to represent all workers in a union shop whether they pay dues or not, thereby limiting the union’s ability to negotiate and represent workers.

See the full story in the Oct. 12 print edition of the Labor Tribune.

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