Union leaders convey sense of urgency as ‘right-to-work’ vote approaches

Opponents of Missouri’s “right-to-work” law gathered Saturday in Kansas City, St. Louis and St. Joseph to canvass neighborhoods ahead of the Aug. 7 primary in which voters will decide on the fate of the law, which would ban making union membership and collection of union dues a condition of employment.

Pat “Duke” Dujakovich, president of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, said Missourians who oppose the measure need to send a “very, very strong message” on Aug. 7, to dissuade Republican lawmakers from taking the legislation up again in the future.

The right-to-work law was approved last year by the Missouri Legislature and then-Gov. Eric Greitens, but opponents collected more than 310,000 signatures to suspend the law’s enactment and let voters decide its fate.

Proponents say the law would help make the state more attractive to businesses and draw jobs. Opponents say it hurts unions and lowers wages.

Dujakovich said Saturday that union members and right-to-work opponents from places including Kansas and California were working to fight the law in the run up to next month’s vote.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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