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AFL-CIO takes on Koch in Missouri

Over 300,000 signatures collected to delay Right to Work in Missouri

Brian Young's picture
Aug 11, 2017

Unions in Missouri announced on Thursday that they had collected 300,000 signatures in an effort to prevent Right to Work from becoming law at the end of the month. As UCOMM previously reported, unions needed to get at least 100,000 valid signatures by August 28th to delay the implementation of Right to Work until 2018.

While the law is stalled, voters will be able to go to the polls in November of 2018 to vote on whether or not Right to Work should become law. Already, big monied interests are gearing up to trick voters into voting for Right to Work. The Koch Brothers group, Americans for Prosperity, has already begun a statewide campaign sending out mailers and running digital ads. On Thursday, four armed Trump supporters were also spotted at a local courthouse, handing out literature and talking to people about supporting Right to Work.

The Missouri AFL-CIO expects to formally submit the signatures on August 18th as even more signatures continue to roll in. At a rally to announce the 300,000 signatures, MO AFL-CIO President Mike Louis said: “that although they only needed signatures from 6 Congressional District, they did something that no petition campaign has done, qualify in all eight districts.”

Unions from across the state worked hard to get signatures from every corner of the state. Thanks to their hard work, Right to Work will be temporarily stopped, but now the real battle to stop Right to Work begins with just 14 months to convince voters to stop this attack on workers.

With Trump having won by 18 points in the last Presidential election, fooling Missouri voters isn’t a difficult task. Lets just hope labor leaders, and the members, learned from their past mistakes.

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