Labor Scores Big Win in Missouri Right To Work Fight

Labor Scores Big Win in Missouri Right To Work Fight

No Right To Work In Missouri

Labor in the US isn’t dead just yet. In an unprecedented move, the voters were able to reverse a law that made Missouri the 28th right to work state and would hugely curb labor rights, pay and benefits had it been allowed to stand. In other words, labor unions in the Show Me State, showed the GOP they were not going down without a fight.  From Huffington Post:

Missouri voters resoundingly rejected the state’s new right-to-work statute by referendum Tuesday night, delivering a stinging rebuke to the GOP legislature that recently tried to implement the law. The vote on Proposition A wasn’t even close: The “no” crowd defeated the “yes” crowd by a 2-to-1 margin.

So how did unions pull off such a lopsided win in a red state dominated by GOP politics?

For starters, the pro-union side appears to have outspent the anti-union side.

With a rare opportunity to kill a law that would reduce union membership in the state, the labor-backed group We Are Missouri poured over $15 million into the campaign. The two largest groups on the other side of the issue, Freedom to Work and Missourians for Freedom to Work, spent a combined $3.2 million, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

But that was only one part of the story. A ballot measure like Proposition A plays to one of organized labor’s main strengths: ground game. And by most accounts, unions ran a relentless one.

A motivated base can make big changes, and no one was more motivated to reverse this union-busting law like the unions themselves.

As the article noted, they are built to dominate the ground game – and they did so beautifully to get this law overturned.

Labor is still on its death throes, particularly after the Janus decision, but a win is still a win, and in this current environment, good news is always welcome.


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