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Missouri to Vote on State’s Right-to-Work Law

When Missouri Republican Governor Eric Greitens signed “right-to-work” legislation into law on February 6, 2017, the Show-Me State was on the way to becoming the 28th state to prohibit unions and employers from requiring any employee to be a union member, or pay any dues or like amounts, as a condition of continued employment. Now, the fate of the legislation will be put before voters in November.

Just 10 days before the law’s August 28, 2017, effective date, labor union activists delivered several hundred thousand signatures in support of a referendum to put the legislation to a public vote. The referendum asks whether the people of Missouri wish to adopt the legislation, with a “yes” vote being in favor of the right-to-work law’s continued existence. A copy of the right-to-work referendum can be found here.

Although the Secretary of State reportedly rejected approximately 20 percent of the 310,567 signatures submitted by labor union supporters, the nearly 250,000 signatures remaining were more than twice the 108,467 needed to put the issue to a vote. On November 22, 2017, the Secretary of State certified that the referendum has sufficient support.

Now that the referendum has been certified by the Secretary of State, the right-to-work law passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Greitens remains on hold pending the results of the vote. Currently, the referendum is set to be on the ballot during the November 2018 mid-term elections, but the legislature could schedule a different day in 2018 for the referendum vote.

Regardless, along with a highly anticipated 2018 mid-term election, the people of Missouri will determine whether Missouri becomes the 28th right-to-work state.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2020National Law Review, Volume VIII, Number 23


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Adam C. Doerr is an Associate in the St. Louis, Missouri, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management in labor and employment matters before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators.

Mr. Doerr’s practice involves representing clients in all phases of litigation, including jury and bench trials, dispositive motions, discovery, pre-trial strategy, and client counseling and best practices. Mr. Doerr’s experience includes investigating allegations of employee and managerial misconduct and ...

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Howard M. Bloom is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has practiced labor and employment law representing exclusively employers for more than 36 years.

Mr. Bloom counsels clients in a variety of industries on labor law issues. He trains and advises executives, managers and supervisors on union awareness and positive employee relations, and assists employers in connection with union card-signing efforts, traditional union representation and corporate campaigns, and union decertification campaigns. He also represents clients at the National Labor Relations Board in connection with bargaining unit issues, objections and challenges, as well as unfair labor practice investigations and trials. Mr. Bloom also has been the spokesperson at countless first and successor contract collective bargaining negotiations, and regularly advises on collective bargaining agreement administration issues, including grievance/arbitration issues.

Mr. Bloom has appeared before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, several U.S. District Courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Philip B. Rosen Jackson Lewis  Preventive Practices Lawyer & Collective Bargaining Attorney

Philip B. Rosen is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is a member of the firm's Board of Directors and co-leads the firm's Labor and Preventive Practices Group. He joined the firm in 1979 and served as Managing Partner of the New York City office from 1989 to 2009.

Mr. Rosen lectures extensively, conducts management training, and advises clients with respect to legislative and regulatory initiatives, corporate strategies, business ethics, social media, reorganizations and reductions-...