April 20, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Jefferson City, MO - Supporters of Missouri’s new union-shop ban are trying again to have the courts block a voter referendum to repeal the law.
The National Right to Work Foundation filed a lawsuit Apr. 7 alleging that the language in the union-backed measure was “deceptive” and contained “embarrassing” grammatical errors. “I am saddened that some are playing politics with the right of the people to exercise their constitutional right,” Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, who approved the summary statement describing the initiative to voters, responded. The Missouri AFL-CIO began collecting signatures for the referendum Apr. 4. It needs from 90,000 to 140,000 valid signatures by Aug. 25, both to make the 2018 ballot and prevent the law from going into effect. Meanwhile, state legislators are considering a bill that would create several procedural obstacles to getting initiatives on the ballot. Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis told the St. Louis Labor Tribune that the measure was obviously aimed at labor, calling it “clearly an attack on American democracy” and “a new low even for this Republican Party.” Read more