A law to free nonunion workers from paying union dues has been undone by Missouri voters, a victory for labor organizers who spent millions of dollars to organize a “no” campaign.
“It’s a clear message that they want to go a different way,” said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. “They want workers to have a bigger say.”
According to an Associated Press projection, Proposition A was defeated. Republican lawmakers passed the so-called “right to work” bill in early 2017, after then-GOP Gov. Eric Greitens took office and began signing bills that Democratic governors had vetoed.
But unions mobilized to put the law on the ballot, and Grietens spent months embroiled in a scandal that cost him his job — and froze donations to his pro-right-to-work PAC.