July 13, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
St Louis, MO – Hoping to prevent Missouri from outlawing the union shop, the AFL-CIO has made the state one of its top six priorities this November. “Missouri has the most important governor’s race in the country going on right now,” federation President Richard Trumka said while in St. Louis for a July 9 rally.
All four candidates for the Republican nomination have promised to get so-called “right to work” legislation enacted, a pet issue of multimillionaire GOP donors David Humphreys and Rex Sinquefield. The likely Democratic nominee, state Attorney General Chris Koster, opposes it, and is strongly supported by Missouri unions. The AFL-CIO’s other national priorities are Senate races in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Florida. While the federation is also working to unseat Missouri’s Republican Senator, Roy Blunt, it plans to support GOP state legislators from the St. Louis suburbs who voted against “right to work” bills—sustaining outgoing Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto in 2015—and are facing challengers backed by Humphreys in the Aug. 2 primary. Read more