Legislative & Political

310,000 Signatures Collected to Place Missouri’s “Right-to-Work” on Ballot

Journal: Issue 3 - 2017


Brother Jim Drabant of BAC Local 1 MO, an 82-year-old retired bricklayer and veteran, had collected 10 pages of signatures for the Citizens’ Referendum petition by early August to repeal the so-called “Right-to-Work” in Missouri.

Photo credit: Labor Tribune

In collaboration with Missouri AFL-CIO and We Are Missouri, BAC members in Missouri were at full speed collecting signatures on the Citizens’ Referendum petition throughout the state this year. By August 18th, they turned in more than 310,000 signatures, automatically stopped implementation of the anti-worker, anti-union “Right-to-Work” law and successfully put repeal of the free-rider law on the referendum ballot in November 2018.

The 310,000 signatures ensured that the recently signed so-called “Right-to-Work” bill does not become law, but instead is placed on a statewide ballot as a referendum in the upcoming election, giving Missouri voters, not politicians, the right to determine the economic future of working Missourians. The proposed constitutional amendment targeted for the 2018 ballot would grant employers and employees the right to negotiate contracts requiring all employees to pay fees for union representation.  

“We are proud of our members who have been working really hard to collect signatures from Missouri voters. By August 8th we had already collected 300,000 signatures,” Brian Jennewein, Director of BAC Eastern Missouri Administrative District Council, said. “In addition to the number of signatures we had collected, all eight Congressional Districts were certified. That is more than 150% of our goal and should be well more than enough to put this measure on the November 2018 ballot for us to vote on.”

“It sends a clear and decisive message to Governor Greitens and the Missouri Legislature that we the people are not in favor of this so-called Right-to-Work law in Missouri,” said Crag Hydeman, President and Secretary-Treasurer of BAC Local 15 Missouri/Kansas/Nebraska.

Members of the Eastern Missouri Administrative District Council set up a tent at Riverport Amphitheater to collect petition signatures against the so-called “Right-to-Work” bill on July 6th. Pictured above, BAC Local 1 MO Field Representative Mark Savage (second from left) and Local 1 MO President Mike Fox (second from right) greeting petition signers.

BAC Local 15 MO/KS/NE members and families participated in the statewide Day of Action on June 10th to collect petition signatures. Pictured, Missouri voter Riley Hall signing the petition as Teresa Wehrle, wife of Local 15 MO/KS/NE Vice President Ed Wehrle, explains the process.

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