Flanked by fellow lawmakers, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signs legislation to make Missouri the 28th “right-to-work” state during a ceremonial signing at the abandoned Amelex warehouse in Springfield, Mo. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The law, which goes into effect on Aug. 28, prohibits unions from charging membership dues as a condition of employment.(Photo: Nathan Papes/News-Leader)Buy Photo
This article was updated to add information about concurrent resolutions and to correctly identify Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan.
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Republicans are allowing themselves the option to change when Missouri votes on a referendum on the state’s “right-to-work” law.
Moving the November vote to August could have implications not only for the ballot measure on the law banning mandatory union dues but for Missouri’s heated U.S. Senate race.
Republicans legislators passed the “right-to-work” measure early in 2017 and swiftly sent it to Gov. Eric Greitens, who signed it in February of that year. The law was to take effect last August.
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However, the GOP’s alacrity in passing the law gave union opponents plenty of time to turn in more than 300,000 signatures calling for a referendum on the law. The law is stalled from going into effect until Missourians