History shows ‘right-to-work’ ballot gambit could be successful in Missouri

Opponents of making Missouri a “right-to-work” state hope a tactic that hasn’t been employed in more than three decades could help them block the anti-union law.

At virtually the same time that Gov. Eric Greitens signed the legislation into law on Feb. 6, Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis and Missouri NAACP President Nimrod Chapel filed a petition to put the law in front of voters for an up-or-down vote.

A historical review of the maneuver shows it could be successful if it goes forward.

In the 26 similar referenda dating to 1914, voters rejected all of the laws but two.

Under the rarely used provision, Missouri residents may call a referendum on a new law by collecting signatures totaling 5 percent of the voters from two-thirds of the state’s congressional districts.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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