Missouri voters defeat "right to work" measure in landslide

KMBZ News Staff
August 08, 2018 - 6:03 am

Pro-union groups are celebrating a resounding victory in their effort to shoot down the right-to-work law that was passed in 2017. 

Results showed late Tuesday that 65 percent of the people who voted on the referendum were against the measure, which would have in part barred unions from charging fees to workers without their consent.

The effort to defeat right-to-work focused on Missouri, with heavy national support.

"This is the moment where we pivot into massive organizing, workers coming together to fight back against corporate greed, and we do that's when we do it together, and that's evident here in Missouri," said Liz Schuler, national secretary/treasurer for the AFL/CIO. 

Union groups gathered more than 300,000 signatures on a petition to force the referendum vote. They also raised more than $16 million dollars to flood the state's airwaves with television and radio ads.

Voters in Missouri also rejected a "right-to-work" law in 1978.

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