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

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!

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

Referendum Training and Very Important Conference Call

Brothers & Sisters

If you couldn’t make the training class last Monday at Tri-County there are two more coming up in St. Louis. Please try and make one of them.

As we found out through our pilot program Tuesday, trainings are an intricate part of making our efforts a successful piece of the puzzle to beating back right to work in Missouri. So many situations in the field were handled expertly by our volunteers because of the training program that could have otherwise gone awry.

Therefore, petitions should only be handled and circulated by someone who has completed the training. I hope that everyone understands that we have to stick to this rule as any mistakes that we may make could be an unintended but crucial blow to defeating right to work.  

For those of you wanting to join the effort please join us at one of our upcoming trainings. Additionally Our training program is a train the trainer. Activists will be able to go back to their local unions and train their own members to collect signatures and help by serving as a point person for their local for collected signature pages.



April, 8th, 2017          10:00 A.M.                                                    

Hosted by the Teamsters and the Springfield Labor Council

Teamsters 245

1850 E Division

Springfield MO 65803


April 11th, 2017         6:00 P.M.                                

Hosted by the Southeast Missouri Central Labor Council

LIUNA 1104

773 Enterprise Drive

Cape Girardeau, MO 63703


April 13th, 2017         5:30 P.M.                                

Hosted by IBEW Local 1

5850 Elizabeth Ave

St. Louis, MO 63110


April 17th, 2017         6:00 P.M.

Hosted by the Northwest Missouri Labor Council

Callison Hall

1222 So. 10th St

Saint Joseph, MO 64503


April 18th, 2017         6:30 P.M.                             

Hosted by the Saint Louis Central Labor Council

St. Louis Central Labor Council @ IBEW 1

5850 Elizabeth Ave

St. Louis, MO 63110


April 19th, 2017         6:00 P.M.                                

Hosted by the Jefferson City Labor Council

Jefferson City Labor Temple

209 Flora Drive

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Petition Gatherer Training: Monday, April 3rd at 4:30pm

St. Charles has been chosen for as a pilot area for volunteer petition circulation on the April 4th Election Day.  IN ORDER TO VOLUNTEER ON TUESDAY TO COLLECT SIGNATURES YOU MUST ATTEND THE TRAINING AT TRI-COUNTY LABOR CLUB on MODAY, APRIL 3th at 4:30pm. 

In St. Charles County, there are approximately 113 polling locations.  We will look to schedule volunteers for 3 shifts:

1st Shift                   7:00am-11:30am

2nd Shift                 11:30am-3:00pm

3rd Shift                  3:00pm-7:00pm

In order to collect signatures, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Not have been previously found guilty of, convicted of or pled guilty to any offense involving forgery.
  • Attend a training regarding collecting signatures


If you are interested in assisting, we will be conducting a petition gathering training this Monday, April 3rd at 4:30 pm at the Tri-County Labor Club Hall.  You will also be able to sign up for your shift and polling location at this time.  You must attend the training to volunteer Tuesday.

To RSVP for the training on Monday and to volunteer for Tuesday, please sign up using the following link: or contact Luke Canfora at 517.488.9291


Tri-County Labor Club

10 Droste Square,

St Charles, MO 63301

Petition Gatherer Training: Monday, April 4th at 4:30pm

We will be serving hotdogs and refreshments starting at 3:30 so come straight from work. You don’t have to be a Tri-County member to attend; spouses and friends are welcome. We need a lot of help for this signature drive, this could be are only chance to get rid of the phony RTW law.

Meeting Change and Help with GOTV Postcards

 Tri – County Labor Club’s April meeting will be changed to Tuesday, March 28th because of the April election. E-Board will be at 6:00pm and the General meeting is at 6:30pm. Also E-Board Members, if you forgot to bring a attendance prize to the last meeting for our Irish Mouse Races please bring it then. We are also asking all members to bring a couple of scratch off tickets to the meeting for our raffle tree at the mouse races.

  As part of the Labor Club’s effort for the April 4th election, we have 2,000 Get-Out-The-Vote cards that need to be addressed. We need help for this. Please consider coming an hour early or staying an hour after the meeting to lend a hand.
  Thank You for all that helped with the walk Saturday.

April Meeting Change & Labor to Labor GOTV Canvassing

Tri-County Labor Clubs April meeting will be changed to Tuesday, March 28th, because of the April election, E-Board will be at 6:00pm and the General meeting at 6:30pm. Also E-Board Members if you forgot to bring a attendance prize to the last meeting for our Irish Mouse Races please bring it then. We are also asking all members to bring a couple of scratch off tickets to the meeting for our raffle tree at the mouse races.

The Tri-County Labor Club Labor to Labor GOTV Canvass will be March 25 @ 9 am we will meet In the parking lot of Shop N Save 3740 Monticello Plaza Dr. O’Fallon, MO 63304; we need a lot of help for this. If you didn’t do anything for the November election and didn’t like the results now is the time to start making a change. We need to get labor candidates on these school boards, councilman, mayors and fire boards.

Tri County endorsed candidates for the April election can be viewed at and also on our Facebook page.

Action Alert – Prevailing Wage

Tri-County Member,

Many of you have already contacted your Missouri state representative, but NOW we need you to TAKE ACTION TODAY to contact your SENATOR and tell them to protect Prevailing Wage laws.

They’ve already come after workers with so-called “Right to Work” and we need to make sure they know how important Prevailing Wage is for keeping local jobs local, workplaces safe, and ensuring quality workmanship.

Weakening or repealing Missouri’s Prevailing Wage laws is simply unacceptable.  We must act NOW.  Here’s how you can help:

  1. It’s time to CALL YOUR SENATOR NOW:

    • Call them using 1-800-208-3499 and tell them to oppose any attempts to repeal or weaken Prevailing Wage!

Here are some tips:

  • Make sure you introduce yourself and let them know you are a constituent in their district.

  • Make sure you are brief, polite, and respectful.

  • Share your personal story and facts about Prevailing Wage that resonate with you. Ask that they stand with you and other working families in Missouri by opposing any effort to weaken or repeal Prevailing Wage.

  • Key facts about Prevailing Wage that you can share:

    • LOCAL JOBS – Prevailing wage ensures that firms that bring in lower-cost, out-of-state labor do not outbid private companies that use state labor, keeping jobs local.

    • SAFER SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS – Prevailing Wage laws ensure our schools and roads are built safely, by qualified and skilled workers, not by out-of-state companies or undocumented workers.

    • LESS GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE – Prevailing Wage allows employees to receive more comprehensive benefit packages and reduces reliance on the public sector for health insurance, retirement benefits, and other forms of public assistance.

    • KEEPS MISSOURI’S ECONOMY STRONG – Cutting constructions workers’ pay and allowing out-of-state companies to build in Missouri will have a direct effect on tax revenues throughout the state, hurting the economy.

    • QUALITY WORK, UNDER BUDGET – When you look at Prevailing Wage states, workers finish projects more quickly, more safely, and under budget.

  • Make sure you end your call or email by asking them again to oppose any legislation that would weaken or repeal Prevailing Wage laws in Missouri.

  • Thank them for their time.  

Thank you for taking action to protect Missouri workers and families. Please forward to friends and family and ask them to take action too!

In solidarity,

Protect MO Families

Right to Work – ANY DAY

Tri-county Members –

The House could bring Right to Work to the floor any day now. It’s already passed the Senate. They want to get it done fast, so they can ignore our objections.

Our chance to stop Right to Work is THIS WEEK.

We know the out of state corporate interests that lobbied for this bill also bought and paid for Governor Greitens’ support. He’ll sign it as soon as it gets to his desk, without considering the salaries it will lower, or the families it will hurt.

We can’t let it get to that point.

Show them Missourians don’t want this dangerous legislation by joining us at the Capitol this Thursday at 9:00am.

Together, we can make sure that our voices, Missouri voices, are heard. Together, we can stop Right to Work.

Thank you,
Jake Hummel
Secretary Treausurer, Missouri AFL-CIO