Missouri Minute: Unions draw outside support; soybean growers fear long-term tariff effects

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Unions draw outside support ahead of ‘right-to-work’ vote

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision that weakened public-sector unions across the country, labor in Missouri faces a challenge to its power in private-sector workplaces with Tuesday’s vote over the state’s so-called “right-to-work” law. The issue continues to attract considerable attention and resources from outside the state — especially on the side opposing the right-to-work law. Read more

Missouri soybean growers fear long-term tariff effects

As the U.S. and China square off over tariffs, some Missouri soybean farmers hear echoes of past trade policies and fear what the country’s current dispute could mean to America’s place in the global export market. The big worry for some Missouri soybean growers is that U.S. exporters could permanently lose some share of China’s fast-growing soybean market. Read more

Kansas City to decide on fees for rental-inspection program

Kansas City voters will decide Tuesday on a ballot issue that proponents say would increase accountability for landlords, but that opponents say will lead to rising rental costs and unwanted residential searches. Question One on the city’s ballot would charge owners of rental properties an annual registration fee for each unit they own. Funds generated would be used to hire inspectors and address residents’ complaints. Read more

Post Holdings makes $875 million deal for private-label subsidiary

Post Holdings, the Brentwood-based consumer packaged goods company, has announced an $875 million deal to form a new subsidiary for its private-label foods business. Post is working with Thomas H. Lee Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, to form the subsidiary, called 8th Avenue Food & Provisions. Read more

Schlichter’s firm suffers loss in NYU retirement case

Jerry Schlichter, the St. Louis attorney whose firm has won millions of dollars in settlements with companies over their 401(k) plans, lost a suit alleging New York University’s retirement plan overcharged employees. Schlichter and his firm, Schlichter Bogard & Denson, represented NYU employees in a case alleging the loss of $358 million due to failure by the university to uphold its fiduciary duties. Read more

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