By Sahid Fawaz
When Missouri lawmakers approved “right to work” legislation recently, the labor movement decided to bring the issue to the people through a referendum.
Since the matter is of great concern to the working class in Missouri, it’s only appropriate that they vote on it rather than let career politicians and corporate special interests decide it alone.
It turns out, not surprisingly, that the “right to work” advocates want to obstruct yet another democratic right of workers in Missouri.
“Supporters of Missouri’s new ‘right to work’ law have filed another lawsuit seeking to scuttle an attempt by labor officials to put the issue before voters for an up-or-down vote.
In a suit filed Friday in Cole County, attorneys representing two Kansas City police officers and a nurse from Liberty allege that wording for a proposed ballot initiative is riddled with “embarrassing” grammatical errors and is therefore unfair.
The lawsuit is seeking that the summary statement approved last month by Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft be replaced.
‘The summary statement should accurately reflect both the legal and probable effects of the proposed initiative and be fair and impartial so that the voters are not deceived or mislead,’ the lawsuit notes.
In a statement, Ashcroft defended the petition, saying his office has provided voters with clear, concise and complete language.
‘I am saddened that some are playing politics with the right of the people to exercise their constitutional right, and I am confident the court will quickly and correctly let the will of the people decide this issue,’ Ashcroft said.
The legal action represents another attempt to stymie labor officials, who want to give voters the chance to weigh in on the issue after it was pushed quickly through the GOP-controlled Legislature this year and signed into law by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.”
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