‘Right-to-work’ law suspended after unions submit 300K signatures for statewide vote

With the submission of more than 300,000 signatures Friday, Missouri’s “right-to-work” law won’t go into effect Aug. 28 and its fate likely will be put to voters in 2018.

The law is suspended, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s office said. The office still needs to verify that at least 100,000 of the signatures are from registered voters — the minimum to force a statewide vote in November 2018.

She said the count will take weeks and that if there aren’t enough valid signatures, the law will be put in place.

The right-to-work law would bar unions and employers from requiring all workers in a bargaining unit to pay dues or fees. The General Assembly swiftly passed the law during the regular session and then-Gov. Eric Greitens signed it in February.

Gov. Eric Greitens and other GOP supporters have touted right-to-work as a way to keep Missouri competitive in the fight to bring jobs and business to the state and argue it gives workers a choice on whether to join unions.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Southeast Missourian

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