COLUMBIA, Mo. – As the Missouri Republican Party is seeking to undercut the grassroots petition to allow Missourians the opportunity to veto so-called “Right-to-Work” at the ballot box, the Missouri Democratic Party is highlighting three reasons why the legislation is harmful for Missourians.
“No matter how the Republican establishment in Jefferson City tries to spin it, so-called ‘Right to Work’ is a rip-off for Missouri’s workers that further tilts the playing field in favor of billionaires and big corporations,” said Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “It’s important that Missourians have the opportunity to veto this harmful policy at the ballot box.”
In May, the Missouri Democratic Party officially endorsed the petition against so-called “Right to Work.”
Three Reasons Why So-Called “Right-to-Work”is Harmful for Missourians:
- It will cause paychecks in Missouri to shrink. Average workers in “Right to Work” states make $6,109 a year less than workers in states that protect workers.
- It threatens the health and safety of Missouri workers. 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.
- It shifts the balance of power even more in favor of billionaires and big corporations. Why else would Governor Eric Greitens brag about enacting this legislation to millionaires and billionaires at a meeting held by the Koch Brothers at an out-of-state luxury resort?