By Sahid Fawaz
The labor movement has a new ally in its fight against “right to work” legislation in Missouri.
“John Goodman, the actor with Springfield ties, has lent his voice to efforts opposing a Missouri ‘right-to-work’ law.
Goodman, a St. Louis-area native who attended Missouri State University, features in an ad paid for by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, a union that represents actors and broadcast personalities.
Missouri’s “right-to-work” law, which would ban unions from collecting mandatory dues, will be decided Aug. 7 by a vote of the people.
Republicans in Jefferson City passed the law in early 2017, but labor organizations and Democrats forced a public vote by gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures.
‘Maybe you’ve heard of Proposition A, the Missouri Senate’s so-called “right-to-work” bill,’ Goodman says over a gentle musical background. ‘The name’s deceiving: the bill will not give you the right to work. Instead, it gives big business and out-of-state corporations the right to pay you less than they do now.’
‘It’s being sold as a way to help Missouri workers,’ Goodman continues in the ad, ‘but look a little deeper, and you’ll see it’s all about corporate greed.’
Goodman notes that the pro-‘right-to-work’ campaign is being supported by wealthy out-of-state interests (the opposition also has received large contributions labor interests outside Missouri).
‘Show the politicians that Missouri values hard work and a robust middle class,’ Goodman says toward the end of the minute-long radio spot.”
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