Monday, February 06, 2017

Right side of history: Missouri the 28th right-to-work state

Well, it's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
'Til greed got in the way

Boy Dylan, "Union Sundown."

For a while--but not recently--unions made sense.

But it's time to move forward, which is what Missouri did today.

From the Kansas City Star:
In an abandoned warehouse in Springfield, Gov. Eric Greitens on Monday signed legislation making Missouri the country's 28th right-to-work state.

Hours later, organized labor struck back by filing a rarely used referendum petition seeking to freeze the law and put it before voters in 2018.

Greitens’ signature was thought to be the final step in a decades-long push by Republicans and business groups to enact a right-to-work law in Missouri. But if the law’s opponents gather enough signatures, the battle will carry on.

In right-to-work states, such as Kansas, employees in unionized workplaces can opt out of paying unions for the cost of being represented.
Economically dormant Illinois, where I live, is now completely surrounded by right-to-work states. Five years ago of the states that border ILL-nois only Iowa was. And Michigan, which is just an hour's drive from Chicago, also became right-to-work in that time frame.

As for that referendum, it will fail. Just as the recall election against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker was defeated.

It's time to move forward.

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