After an expansive campaign that reportedly has cost millions of dollars, Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis claims to have more than enough signatures to put Missouri’s recently enacted “right-to-work” law to a vote next year.
By successfully getting this issue on the ballot, labor unions have effectively stayed the right-to-work law’s impending August 28, 2017 effective date for more than a year, and put the future of the law in question. The referendum asks whether the people wish to adopt the right-to-work legislation (or reject it with a “no” vote). Union activists delivered the signatures to the Secretary of State on August 18.
Labor supporters also are pursuing a constitutional amendment initiative that would provide employees a constitutional right to negotiate and collectively bargain.