It appears that Missouri labor groups will be able to block the state’s new “right-to-work” law from taking effect Aug. 28.
They’ve collected more than 300,000 notarized signatures in the fight to force a statewide vote over the law in November 2018, state AFL-CIO president Mike Louis and other union leaders say. That’s more than three times the number needed.
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has said the law can’t be enforced if it’s clear union leaders turn in at least 100,000 certified signatures. Louis told supporters at a rally this week that the signatures will be submitted on Aug. 18, emphasizing that the coalition has collected enough signatures in each of the state’s eight congressional districts even though they only needed to do so in six.
But a tough fight is looming. A nonprofit affiliated with Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who supports the law, has donated to at least one of the political action committees set up to defend the law. And the foundation arm of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group, also is overseeing a statewide promotional campaign that includes mailers and digital ads.
Read more: St. Louis Public Radio