Labor unions backing some Republicans in fight over ‘right-to-work’

Gearing up for another fight with Republican majorities in the Missouri Legislature, the state’s AFL-CIO unveiled a list of lawmakers it is endorsing in the Nov. 8 election, which includes 13 Republicans in the House and two Republicans in the Senate.

The state’s largest labor organization also has sent out nearly 100,000 mailers seeking to boost Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander and Democratic candidate for governor Chris Koster, as well as remind voters of its opposition to so-called right-to-work laws.

The push by the AFL-CIO won’t help Democrats come anywhere close to recapturing power in either the House or the Senate. But, it could provide enough support to offset business groups and individuals who have pumped millions of dollars into the campaigns of candidates who support making Missouri a right-to-work state.

Right-to-work supporters, including various business groups and executives, contend that the measure would help attract new companies and jobs and invigorate the state’s economy.

Unions and their allies call the bill “right to work for less.” They argue that it would result in lower wages and a more dangerous work environment.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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