Labor News From Our Region
No on Prop. A campaign gains momentum
Broad coalition building to defeat Proposition A (RTW)
By TIM ROWDEN
Momentum continues to build for the No on Prop A campaign.
“We have a broad coalition of support from small businesses, rank-and-file members and allies in the community rallying to our cause to defeat Proposition A,” said We Are Missouri Campaign Manager, Ryan Burke. “They understand if Missouri becomes a ‘right-to-work’ state, it will affect every family and worker, regardless of whether or not they belong to a union.”
One small business joining the effort to defeat Proposition A is the O’Brien Law firm, located in the St. Louis Soulard Neighborhood.
“A number of our clients are union families and working families,” said O’Brien attorney Jerry FitzGerald, the son of an asbestos worker whose uncles were also in the building trades. “A lot of us here, myself included, come from union families. My father was a member of Pipe Coverers (Heat and Frost Insulators) Local 1. We intend to and want to be a part of the coalition to defeat Proposition A. We understand this is not a union-only issue. Proposition A hurts ALL Missouri families, driving down wages and failing to create jobs.”
BROAD SUPPORT TO DEFEAT PROP. A
Proposition A (RTW) is scheduled to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, but the Republican-majority Missouri Legislature is widely expected to intentionally move the election to Aug. 7, when voter turnout is traditionally lighter.
We Are Missouri organizers and volunteers are already campaigning to defeat the measure.
THE TRUTH ABOUT RTW
Proposition A (RTW) would have a broad ranging impact on every family in Missouri:
• Lower wages – Proposition A will drive down wages for Missouri families, making it harder to make ends meet. Protect your pay and vote no on Proposition A.
• Less health insurance coverage – Fewer workers in RTW states have health insurance coverage, according to the Census Bureau.
• Higher risk of workplace death – A 2017 study by the AFL-CIO, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect,” found that workers face a 58 percent higher incidence of workplace deaths in RTW states, where workers have few whistleblower protections and unions are hard-pressed to compel enforcement of safety regulations.
If you want more information on the No on Proposition A campaign or want to get involved, visit votenoonpropa.org.
You can also get text and email alerts by texting NORTW to 25827. You will be asked for your email address and phone number so you can receive information and campaign updates. Your information will be secure and will not be shared with anyone else.
MAKE A DONATION
You can donate to the campaign by visiting secure.actblue.com/donate/votenoonpropa.
If you’d rather write a check to “We Are MO,” the mailing address is:
We Are Missouri
227 Jefferson St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101