Tag: right to work

Right-to-work looks to be a photo finish for Missouri Republicans

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Republican lawmakers continue pushing forward with legislation to add right-to-work to the Missouri State Constitution, but some would like them to do so a little more quickly. The House on Monday night third read and passed HJR 79, which seeks to amend the constitution to ban mandatory union fees. It would accomplish the same thing as the initiative petition that had been filed this year, The measure, which passed with […]

Missouri voters may see second right-to-work measure on 2018 ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Freedom to Work may have failed as an initiative petition but voters may still see the issue on the November ballot. House Joint Resolution 79, sponsored by Rep. Rick Brattin, which seeks to change the constitution to make Missouri a right-to-work state, is on the fast track in the General Assembly. Having sat untouched since January, the resolution was referred to committee on May 7. Then on May 9, the resolution […]

Minimum wage, Clean Missouri, and medical marijuana: Six initiatives turn in signatures seeking the ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With the deadline to turn in signatures for initiative petitions in the Show-Me State now behind us, a number of proposals are primed to appear before Missouri voters, provided their signatures are verified. More than 300 initiative petitions were filed this year, but just six petitions crossed the finish line at the Secretary of State’s office this past weekend, four of which deal with the subject of medical marijuana. Here’s a […]

Legislation to move right-to-work to August ballot advances out of committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A resolution seeking to move the right-to-work referendum from the November ballot is moving forward in the Missouri House. HR 102, sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder, proposes to move the ballot initiative from the November 6th general election to the August 7th primary. Faced with the resolution on Tuesday, the House Economic Development Committee voted 8-4 on partisan lines to move Prop A out of committee. The reason for this swapping […]

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. rallies area Democrats at Clayton Township meeting

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. — For Missouri Democrats, success or failure this fall will likely hinge on whether they can come together as a party and persuade voters to get to the polls. About 60-plus local residents packed a room at the University City Public Library to hear from U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., who urged the Clayton Township Democrats to connect to people and energize the Democratic base in St. Louis and throughout the […]

Laborers from around the state rally against right-to-work

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Several hundred workers from around the Show-Me State gathered in front of the Capitol to show solidarity against right-to-work or right-to-work-for-less, as the labor workers called it. The Missouri State Building and Construction Trades Council organized the “Rally for the Middle Class” in Jefferson City on March 28, 2018. The enthused-crowd heard from a multitude of speakers including Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh, Rep. Clem Smith, Sen. Jake Hummel, State Auditor […]

Could Republicans move right-to-work vote to favor the party in November election?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The issue of right-to-work is still up in the air in the Show-Me State, despite the passage of the legislation during the 2017 legislative session, and there are a number of questions still to be answered before voters make the final call on the issue. Though Republicans managed to power the legislation through early in the year, it gave their opponents more than enough time to gather the signatures needed to […]

Construction underway at St. Jude Dream Home in O’Fallon

A new home being constructed in the O’Fallon neighborhood of Legends Pointe will stand out from all the rest this year. The 2018 St. Jude Dream home, which will benefit the Memphis children’s research hospital, will donate the house to one lucky family while benefiting children with life-threatening illnesses. The house had it’s framing constructed in O’Fallon on Saturday by volunteers from the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council. Paul Higgins, a representative from the […]

MO GOP looking for paid volunteers to gather signatures for pro-Right-to-Work petition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Though the right-to-work law is now headed toward the ballot in November, but that doesn’t mean that the fight is finished. In an email sent out by county party groups, Republicans are asking for volunteers to carry petitions and gather signatures for a proposed petition. Here’s the language that the Missouri GOP is proposing: “Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to provide that every employee shall have the freedom to […]

Right-to-work set to appear on November 2018 ballot after signatures certified

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The right-to-work initiative petition has officially prevailed and will be appearing on the November 2018 ballot. More than 300,000 signatures were gathered and presented in an effort to put SB 19, also known as the “right-to-work” law, in the hands of Missouri’s voters during the next general election on November 6, 2018. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and his office last week confirmed that the necessary number was met, validating 250,327 […]