Missouri’s right-to-work law suspended after unions turn in 300K signatures for statewide vote

With the submission of more than 300,000 signatures Friday, Missouri’s right-to-work law won’t go into effect Aug. 28 and its fate likely will be put to voters in 2018.

The law is suspended, Secretary of State spokeswoman Maura Browning told St. Louis Public Radio. The office still needs to verify that at least 100,000 of the signatures are from registered voters — the minimum to force a statewide vote in November 2018.

“It’s not about one party, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican,” according to Billy Dicken, a Harviell resident and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “It’s not even about who the governor is upstairs, even though we don’t agree. It’s all about the voters, and letting us decide what we need for our families.”

The right-to-work law would bar unions and employers from requiring all workers in a bargaining unit to pay dues or fees. The General Assembly swiftly passed the law during the regular session and then-Gov. Eric Greitens signed it in February.

(Excerpted from St. Louis Public Radio 8/18/17)