The Missouri Democratic Party Endorsed a Grassroots Petition to Let Citizens Veto ‘Right to Work’ at the Ballot Box

From May 18, 2017.

Here’s what it means and how you can help.

Credit: AFL-CIO

Earlier this year, Republican officeholders in Jefferson City and Eric Greitens gutted rights for working Missourians and tilted the deck further in favor of big corporations by bringing so-call “Right to Work” into our state’s law. As these new rules will drastically hurt workers and their ability to support their families, the Missouri Democratic State Committee voted in April to officially endorse the grassroots effort aimed at putting the so called “Right to Work” law on a statewide ballot. The aim of our endorsement is to help give the power to veto this damaging (and poorly named) legislation directly to the people it impacts most.

First, here are three reasons why so-called “Right to Work” is bad economics for Missourians:

  • Shrinking Paychecks: Average workers in “Right to Work” states make $6,109 a year less than workers in states that protect workers.
  • Threatening Health & Safety: The rate of workplace deaths is 49% higher in states with “Right to Work,” and the number of people younger than 65 without health insurance is significantly higher.
  • Growing Poverty Rates: There is a 15.3% poverty rate in “Right to Work”states compared to 12.8% in other states.

Second, here’s a quick rundown of the petition and our endorsement:

  • To bring a veto of this legislation to the ballot box, the petition needs valid signatures from 5% of the total vote for the previous election for Governor from 6 of 8 of Missouri’s congressional districts. The deadline is August 28, 2017.
  • While we anticipate the Republican establishment in Jefferson City will do everything they can to stop it, there have been 26 of these types of referendums called since 1914 and 24 of those proposals succeeded.
  • With an already strong grassroots movement training volunteers and gathering signatures, our official endorsement means members of the Democratic State Committee will be helping out with signature trainings and we will be promoting the petition at official Party events.

And finally, here’s how you can get involved: To get involved text WORK to 235246 to receive updates from the National AFL-CIO or you can visit

Voter Registration


Based on surveys and research conducted by the Missouri AFL-CIO, only 78 percent of Missouri union members and only 43 percent of their spouses are registered to vote. Here’s the link to the Missouri Voter Registration Application: Register today!

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Repeal “Right-to-Work” is one year away

Dear Tri-County Labor

Believe it or not, Election Day is just one year from today–November 6, 2018.

It may seem like just a few weeks ago that we marched to the Secretary of State’s office to present the signatures from 310,567 Missouri voters, ensuring that so-called “Right-to-Work” would be decided by the people, not by greedy billionaire out-of-touch CEOs.

But that was just the beginning. We need to get our message out to all Missourians why “right-to-work” is wrong for Missouri’s working families. It won’t be easy. There’s no magic formula or shortcut—we’ll win this voter by voter, at the doors, over the phones, and in our neighborhoods.

We need your help to continue this historic campaign through the next year. Your contribution TODAY of $18 in honor of Election Day 2018 would be a great help as we plan and allocate resources for the next 365 days.

In Solidarity,

Mike Louis


Missouri AFL-CIO

I just signed this – will you?

I just signed a petition supporting Sen. Warren’s bill to end the so-called “right to work” state corporate power grabs, and I would urge you to do so as well. This is an effort to further destroy unions and the viability of the working middle class;  it has to be stopped. Please sign and pass it on.


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Right to Work Panel Discussion Tomorrow


The RTW Panel Discussion tomorrow night has been cancelled. The AFP said it was because of the special session being held in Jeff City :).If you made a sign for the protest keep it, I’m sure we’ll need it in the future. Thanks
AFP (Americans for Prosperity) is hosting a “Right to Work Panel Discussion” this Thursday claiming that “Our expert panelists will discuss how the recently-passed ‘Right to Work’ law increases freedom and opportunity for all Missourians.”
We don’t need anyone to try and get a ticket to go in the event, we just need folks holding signs and chanting outside.
Thursday evening 6/15 in St. Charles Co.
meet-up: 5:15 p.m. end time: 6 p.m.
please bring: homemade signs/banners…”RTW is Wrong” etc
Contact: Laura Swinford, 314-856-2799 or
Thanks so much!

Drive Up Petition Signing and Volunteers Needed

The RTW signature tent for Tri-County Labor Club will be set up tomorrow Saturday the 10th from 9am until 3pm at Gettemeier’s parking lot at 269 Salt Lick Road. Please spread the word we would like a big turn out. We will also have some of the Proud Labor Home signs there.

Also any retirees or anyone out of work, we will be cleaning the Tri-County HQ Wednesday the 14th from 10am until 12 mostly outside so bring tools. Thanks

Proud Union Home & June Meeting

The June meeting will be next Tuesday the 6th. E-Board at 6:00pm and General meeting at 6:30. There will be no July meeting.
Also the Proud Union Home signs (attached) have arrived; you can pick them up at the meeting Tuesday are I can meet you somewhere. I have some here at the house if you want to stop by. More then ever we need these on the yards of all union households.

RTW Signature drive

Tri – County Members,
We will be having drive up voting and signature drop-off on.
  • Sunday May 21st B-Halls Hwy K & O’Fallon Road 11am – 3pm
  • Tuesday May 23rd Tri-County HQ from 4 – 6pm
  • Saturday June 10th Parking lot of Gettemeier’s Bar 269 Salt Lick Rd. from 9am – 12
  • Saturday June 24th Tri-County HQ 9am – 12
June Tri-County meeting is June 6th. E-Board at 6pm and General meeting at 6:30
Save the date Sept. 9th is tri-County Golf tournament

RTW Signature Petition Training session

We will have another training session on the RTW Signature Petition next Monday May 15th at 5:00pm at Tri County Labor Club HQ. For those that couldn’t make the first one this is your opportunity to get the training needed for the signature drive. Also we will be having drive thru voting and signature drop-off on.
May 23rd Tri-County HQ from 4 – 6pm
June 10th Parking lot of Gettemeier’s Bar 269 Salt Lick Rd. from 9am – 12
June 24th Tri-County HQ 9am – 12
June Tri-County meeting is June 6th. E-Board at 6pm and General meeting at 6:30
Save the date Sept. 9th is tri-County Golf tournament