“Right-to-Work” = Dismantling Unions
In 2017, the Missouri state legislature passed a bill that the Governor of Missouri signed into law that would make Missouri a Right-to-work state. On Tuesday, August 7th, voters in Missouri will determine whether to uphold or overturn this statewide Right-to-work law.
Supporters of Right-to-work laws claim that they protect workers from being forced to join a union. The real purpose of these laws is to make it more difficult for working men and women to engage in collective bargaining, secure better wages and benefits, and protect themselves against unfair management practices. Right-to-work laws are bad public policy wrapped in a clever slogan.
In the 22 remaining non Right-to-work states, all workers in the union must pay to cover the cost of contract negotiations, grievance representation, union services etc. The underlying concept is that even if an individual worker does not support the union, the individual worker benefits from its activities. In short, no “free riders” who benefit without paying their fair share.
A yes vote would enact the Right-to-work law and mandate that no individual can be forced to join or pay dues to a union, ultimately dismantling unions in Missouri.
A no vote would overturn the Right-to-work law, protecting unions and their right to represent their workers and collectively bargain with their employer.
If you are a Missouri voter, be sure to cast your ballot on Tuesday, August 7th
APFA National Government Affairs Representative