Doing What’s “Right to Work”

The St. Louis Labor Tribune reported that the GOP-dominated state House sustained Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of HB116, the ‘right to work’ bill on Sept. 16.

Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, made a statement after the voting process at the Capital building in Jefferson City.

“Right-to-work is wrong for Missouri, and its defeat today is a victory for all working people. On behalf of working women and men in Missouri, I want to thank Governor Nixon for vetoing right-to-work. I also want to thank the members of the legislature, Republicans and Democrats, who stood up to out-of-state corporate interests and voted to defeat right-to-work.”

It seems that there were enough Republicans who “resisted incredible party and business pressure – including primary threats and millions of dollars in right wing-generated ads” to ensure success for Missouri workers.

“It proves that every man and women can fight big money by hard work,” said St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White.

While this may be a setback on the national level, The St. Louis Labor Tribune reported a top state union leader to express the ruling as “the largest, most-unified labor effort in Missouri in 30 years.”

“We have not seen this type of effort and cooperation in the last 30 years. Thanks go out to all union members as well for their work,” said Jeff Aboussie, Secretary-Treasurer of the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council.

Source: PAI