By Sahid Fawaz
Dirty politics was on full display this week as Missouri Republicans succeeded in rescheduling a referendum on “right to work” legislation.
“Missouri voters will decide whether to make Missouri a ‘right-to-work’ state in the August primary election, rather than in November.
In one of two anti-union measures approved Thursday, the Republican-controlled House voted 96-47 to move the date of the vote to the lower-turnout election, arguing that the issue needs to be decided sooner in order to pave the way for more businesses to open in the state.
‘I’m convinced a great deal of business investment has been frozen during this fight,’ said Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, who sponsored the change.
The Legislature sent the pro-business measure to Gov. Eric Greitens’ desk last year. He signed it and hailed the change as a way to boost job creation in Missouri.
Under the new law, workers could not be compelled, as a condition of employment, to join or to pay dues to a labor union.
But pro-labor forces collected 310,567 signatures on a petition calling for voters to weigh in on the change.
Democrats argued that those voters thought the referendum on the measure, called Proposition A, would come during the general election, rather than the primary, when fewer people go to the polls.”
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