Tag: AFL-CIO

Right-to-work set to appear on November ballot after signatures certified

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The right-to-work initiative petition has officially prevailed and will be appearing on the November 2018 ballot. More than 300,000 signatures were gathered and presented in an effort to put SB 19, also known as the “right-to-work” law, in the hands of Missouri’s voters during the next […]

St. Louis convention prepares unions to ‘kick ass when time comes’

ST. LOUIS – National and international union groups have poured into St. Louis for the national AFL-CIO convention. President of the Missouri AFL-CIO Mike Louis was among some of the representatives to welcome the various labor factions to St. Louis. He mentioned that despite several laws which have put pressure […]

AFL-CIO delegates leave conference to stand with Black Lives Matter

ST. LOUIS – This year’s national convention of the AFL-CIO took an interesting turn when delegates left the convention to join activists from Black Lives Matter in protesting. The activists, numbering a couple dozen, stood outside of the America’s Center Convention Complex on Saturday after having been refused entry into […]

AFL-CIO announces national convention in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – The AFL-CIO announced that it will be holding its 2017 national convention on October 22-25 at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis. The convention is expected to allow union advocates to strategize for labor reform, under the theme “Join Together. Fight Together. Win Together.” A several […]

AFL-CIO president calls submitting petitions ‘best day I ever had’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On Sunday’s episode on This Week in Missouri Politics, Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis spoke about his leadership on repealing right-to-work. For Louis to override the Governor’s signature, he needed to collect at least 100,000 signatures from six of Missouri’s eight congressional districts. On August 18, or […]

Judge rules changes must be made to Kander’s right-to-work ballot language

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A judge has ordered changes made to ballot language written by former Secretary of State Jason Kander regarding 2017 initiative petitions that would essentially repeal right-to-work in Missouri. Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem ruled Thursday that while Kander had used unbiased language at the time he drafted […]

Even the smartest politicians have missteps every now and then

To be clear, I think that Jason Kander is one of the smartest politicians in the state. He seems to have an instinct about where the Democratic Party is going. He may have the best political instincts in the state. However, his performance last week should comfort every other politician […]

Right-to-work opponents look to ban legislation as Republicans push forward

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following a Republican surge in the November general election, the conservative base is primed to deliver on a promise they’ve made for some time now: Missouri will be the next right-to-work state. Right-to-work has been at the very forefront of Republican priorities for years, but with […]

AFL-CIO, AFP battle against Blunt, Kander

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With less than a month to go before Election Day, the Senate race between U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and Secretary of State Jason Kander may have become more competitive than once thought. For much of the race, Blunt was thought to be a shoo-in to retake […]