With Missouri poised to adopt so-called right-to-work legislation in 2017, a labor union leader is proposing to ban the laws with an initiative petition on the 2018 ballot.
Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, has filed several initiative petitions with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office for the 2018 election. The petitions would ask voters to amend the constitution to ensure union negotiating rights.
Louis concedes that the Republican-led Missouri Legislature and incoming Republican Gov. Eric Greitens are likely to enact a right-to-work law during the 2017 session that prohibits mandatory union fees in workplaces.
The proposed constitutional amendment targeted for the 2018 ballot would reverse that by granting employers and employees the right to negotiate contracts requiring all employees to pay fees covering the costs of union representation.