JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Opponents of Proposition A are looking to push back against the move to repeal right-to-work, which will appear on the ballot in August.
We Are Missouri announced on Thursday that it had launched a statewide television ad campaign in opposition of the ballot measure, saying it would lower wages and, at the same time, expand the pay gap between CEOs and the average worker.
Opponents of the right-to-work bill passed in 2017 managed to gather more than 300,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot in November, but in 2018 the legislature managed to pass legislation to move that vote to the August primary.
“Missourians need to know that Proposition A will lower wages and benefits for Missouri families while expanding the gap between wealthy CEOs and the average worker,” said Erin Schrimpf, We Are MO spokesperson. “Proposition A is not what it seems and these ads expose its threat to lower wages and cost us jobs. Missourians who want to protect their pay need to show up at the polls in August and vote no on Proposition A.”
The ad, which can be viewed here, features a worker from Oklahoma talking about losing his job of 36 years after the state passed a similar right-to-work measure. Since then Oklahoma has lost tens of thousands of jobs and wages have decreased.
We Are Missouri in a press release said that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information, families in right-to-work states on average earn $8,740 less than in non-right-to-work states. The average median family income in non-right-to-work states is $63,599, while the average median family income in right-to-work states is only $54,859.
We Are MO said they are also aggressively engaging grassroots supporters and volunteers, who are going door-to-door throughout the state to spread the message and encourage Missourians to vote no on Proposition A in August.
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.