(WASHINGTON) – The following is the official statement of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa on the efforts of thousands of Missourians to repeal SB 19, the destructive right-to-work law passed earlier this year.
“Today, thousands of men and women from across Missouri – including members of the Teamsters Union – marched on the state capitol to deliver more than 300,000 signatures calling for a vote to repeal SB 19, the state’s right-to-work law championed by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens. By submitting nearly three times the necessary signatures to place a vote on the ballot, the working families of Missouri have taken a strong stand against this attack on the middle class.
“Right-to-work laws are wrong for working families. We see higher poverty rates in right-to-work states, and lower wages across the board. These laws do nothing to grow the middle class or improve the lives of workers. The only goal of right-to-work laws is to enrich corporations at the expense of workers.
“The Teamsters Union was proud to participate in today’s action in Jefferson City and stand ready to continue the fight against right-to-work laws.”
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