A coalition of labor groups is using a provision in Missouri law designed to delay “right-to-work” legislation from being implemented for at least a year.
The group, which includes labor organizations such as the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters, has a document approved for circulation to acquire the necessary signatures for the issue to be placed before voters. The document, a referendum petition, would allow a measure passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor to be put to a public vote before taking effect.
The group has been coordinating with a host interest groups including the Faith-Labor Alliance, Jobs With Justice, Working America and the Alliance of Retired Americans to craft the petition. Every local union in the state is involved in the process of collecting signatures.
They’ll have until August 28, the day the law is scheduled to go into effect, to submit the required number of signatures. That figure is roughly 100,000, and by law would have to amount to 5% of votes cast in the last governor’s election in two-thirds of the state’s congressional districts.
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