National labor leader says Missouri has nation’s marquee contest for governor

Regardless of whether Missouri becomes a battleground in the presidential contest, national labor leaders see the state as one of their top priorities this fall.

“Missouri has the most important governor’s race in the country going on right now,” said Richard Trumka, national president of the AFL-CIO, during an exclusive interview while he was in St. Louis over the weekend.

Trumka said Missouri is among six targeted states for the labor movement, but the only one with a contest for governor.  The other states — Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada and Florida — have key Senate races.

Attorney General Chris Koster, the likely Democratic nominee for governor, is seen as labor’s best hope to block passage of “right to work” legislation, which would bar unions from requiring all workers in a bargaining unit to pay dues or fees.

All four of Missouri’s Republican candidates for governor have promised to sign such a measure into law if they are elected governor.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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