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Voters Reject Right to Work in Missouri

In a stunning vote, 67% of voters rejected the law

Brian Young's picture
Aug 08, 2018

In a massive win for labor, Proposition A, a law that would have brought Right to Work to Missouri, was defeated by a vote 67%- 32%.

The vote was a historic moment for the labor movement. It marked just the second time in history that a state has repealed a Right to Work law and the first time that it was repealed by popular vote.

Although historic, it was not a cakewalk. Unions in the Show Me State have spent over a year organizing, collecting signatures and fighting in court to get a Proposition on the ballot to repeal the Right to Work law. Even when they succeeded, Republicans in the state legislature and the Governor colluded to change the date of the vote from the November election to the lower turnout primary election. However, unions kept their eye on the prize and persevered turning out over 937,000 voters to oppose Prop A.

Members spent months knocking on voters’ doors, while the unions pooled their money and spent over $15 million to run tv ads, digital ads, and to contact voters through direct mail. “Working people made our voices heard at the ballot box today and overturned “right to work,” said MO AFL-CIO President Mike Louis. “It’s a truly historic moment. Thousands of hardworking men and women in Missouri talked to their neighbors, friends, and co-workers. We owe them this victory. Together, we knocked on more than 800,000 doors, made more than 1 million phone calls and talked to working people on more than 1,000 different job sites across the state.”

Just like the defeat of the Constitutional Convention in New York in 2017, this victory makes it clear that when labor unites and works hard they can still be a very powerful political force.

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