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Fighting Right to Work a Person to Death

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Missouri is one of the many states who have passed right to work a person to death laws in the last couple of days. But in Missouri, workers are fighting back.

It appears that Missouri labor groups will be able to block the state’s new right-to-work law from taking effect Aug. 28.

They’ve collected more than 300,000 notarized signatures in the fight to force a statewide vote over the law in November 2018, state AFL-CIO president Mike Louis and other union leaders say. That’s more than three times the number needed.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has said the law can’t be enforced if it’s clear union leaders turn in at least 100,000 certified signatures. Louis told supporters at a rally this week that the signatures will be submitted on Aug. 18.

“It really is humbling to know what you’ve accomplished will go down in the history books,’’ Louis said, emphasizing that the coalition has collected enough signatures in each of the state’s eight congressional districts even though they only needed to do so in six.

The article isn’t really clear on the legal ramifications here or what the next steps are. I assume that the people of Missouri can simply void a state law by getting 100,000 signatures. But at the very least this seems to have real implications for the future of the law. Let’s hope it works.

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