Machinists Union Pledges $1 Million to Fight Right to Work in Missouri

The IAM pledged $1 million to support “Vote No on Prop A” – a multi-million dollar effort to repeal Right to Work in the state of Missouri. The Machinists presented Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis, third from left, with a check for $250,000 back in February. IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, left, presented Louis with another $250,000 Monday. The remaining half-million-dollars will be used to cover boots on the ground.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) have announced a $1 million pledge to support “Vote No on Prop A” – a multi-million dollar effort, headed by the Missouri AFL-CIO, to repeal Proposition A, a Right to Work law in the state of Missouri.

“From now until Election Day, whether it’s on the August ballot or the November ballot, our focus as a labor movement will be on educating the public in this state on what Proposition A really means,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber to more than 200 union members from various labor unions gathered in Missouri’s state capital for the 2018 Missouri State Council of Machinists/Joint Legislative Conference. “This fight in Missouri is going to cost somewhere in the area of about $20 million. Think about that… $20 million.”

“Well, the Fighting Machinists never back away from a fight,” continued Gruber. “On behalf of IAM International President Bob Martinez, General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, the entire IAM Executive Council, IAM Midwest Territory, and the members of the IAMAW, I am proud to announce today that the Machinists Union is committed to providing $1 million to the ‘Vote No on Prop A’ effort.”

The Machinists presented Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis with a check for $250,000 back in February. Gruber presented Louis with a check for another $250,000 Monday.

The remaining half-million-dollars will be used to cover boots on the ground – dedicated IAM members and staff teaching and educating the public, said Gruber.

“The truth is in what they’re not telling Missouri voters (and by ‘they’ I mean right-wing politicians and their corporate friends),” said Gruber. “They won’t tell them that the nine poorest states in the country all have one thing in common – Right to Work. They won’t tell them that wages are 3.1 percent lower in so-called ‘Right to Work’ states than in other states. They won’t tell them that the negative impact of Right to Work laws translates to about $1,600 less a year in earnings for a typical full-time worker. They won’t tell them that. It’s up to us to control the narrative. It’s up to us to educate working families in Missouri on the truth.”

A vote “No” on Proposition A would repeal the state’s Right to Work law, suspended in 2017 after Missouri labor unions collected 310,567 signatures to halt the legislation and push it to a vote by Missouri residents. The measure is scheduled to be voted on November 6, 2018, unless state legislators vote to set an earlier election date.

See photos from the 2018 Missouri State Council of Machinists/Joint Legislative Conference.

See photos from the Missouri “Vote No on Prop A” rally.

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