Opponents of Missouri's "right-to-work" law spent millions to reach voters in advance of the August vote. | Michael Stacy/Missouri Business Alert

‘Right to work’ defeat could table issue, for now



Some GOP lawmakers said the Tuesday defeat of Missouri’s “right-to-work” proposition will likely table the issue for at least another year.

House Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin, said he does not expect legislative leaders to push for the issue. White has filed a right-to-work bill in seven consecutive legislative sessions.

“I will probably file my right-to-work bill next year, but it is not going to go to the floor,” White said. “I do not anticipate it moving beyond a committee hearing.”

The right-to-work proposal — Proposition A — was defeated 67.5 percent to 32.5 percent. Only 15 of Missouri’s 114 counties voted in support.

Rep. Bart Korman, R-Warrenton, who voted against Proposition A, advised supporters to “listen to the vote of the people” and “set the issue aside for a while.”

Tuesday’s vote saw a notably high turnout relative to previous years. Unofficial totals showed about 33.5 percent of Missouri’s approximately 4.1 million voters participated, compared to roughly 25 percent turnouts in two previous primary elections.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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