The back and forth continues over the pros and cons with right-to-work laws – and the Show-Me State is no exception.
Missouri has now become the 28th right-to-work state in the U.S., capping off efforts by Republicans and center-right groups in recent years to get Missouri to make the switch.
"We definitely like it," says Jeremy Cady of Americans for Prosperity Missouri. "... Right to work ... says that a worker has the choice whether or not to pay dues to a union – and that's it."
Still, groups like Missouri AFL CIO maintain that right to work is bad for workers. Missouri AFL-CIO president Mike Louis and Missouri NAACP president Rod Chapel have filed a petition for referendum with the secretary of state's office.
"We have until August 28 – the day the 'right-to-work' measure becomes law – to collect enough signatures to place the law on the ballot," says a blog from Missouri AFL-CIO. "If we succeed, 'right-to-work' won't take effect until we the people get a chance to vote on the issue in 2018."
The secretary of state's office has up to 30 days from the day Missouri AFL-CIO filed to approve the petition.
"It is unfortunate that they would oppose workers having the freedom to join or not join a union," responds Cady. "There were a number of lawmakers mentioning businesses that they knew of that would come and look at sites in their areas, and then pick sites right across the border in those other states that are currently right-to-work states – because we were not right-to-work."
What's next for Americans for Prosperity Missouri?
"This is the first step in increasing worker freedom in the state of Missouri," answers Cady. "We've got a number of other items and issues that we're working for to increase freedom for workers in this state, and right to work is only the first step."