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MO AFL-CIO: To sustain RTW veto, make it personal
True to his word, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the anti-worker, wage lowering right-to-work bill (HB 116) June 4, but he will need the support of union members to withstand an anticipated veto override attempt come September.
House Minority Leader Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis), secretary-treasurer of the Missouri AFL-CIO and a member of IBEW Local 1, recently visited with the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council and urged business managers, business representatives and their members to support the override by writing personal letters to the governor and their senators and state representatives.
“Everybody has got to contact their state representatives and state senators,” Hummel said. “Everyone has said to us that personal letters help.
“They don’t want a form letter or a phone call. They want a personal letter that they can take with them that says what right-to-work means to you and your family.”
BY THE NUMBERS
The Senate passed the right-to-work measure (HB 116) by a vote 21-13. It passed by a vote of 92-66 in the House.
To override the Governor’s veto, the Republican-controlled Legislature would need 23 votes in the Senate and 109 in the House.
Senators and representatives who stood with the working people of Missouri and voted against the measure – particularly Republicans who are now under pressure to change their votes – need to hear from the workers and families the bill would affect.
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Hummel made it clear that the future of HB 116 is now in the hands of working families.
“We want to get them personal letters,” Hummel said. “We don’t want a form letter on our letterhead.
“Write a letter that says ‘This is what right-to-work means to me and my household.’ ”
To find the mailing address of your representative, visit www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx.
To find the mailing address of your senator, visit www.senate.mo.gov/15info/senateroster.htm.