Third Way Statement on the Rejection of Missouri Proposition A
WASHINGTON—Third Way issued the following statement from Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, Vice President for Social Policy & Politics:
"Last night, Missouri voters and the labor movement defeated Proposition A, and in doing so they declared unequivocally that workers should have the freedom to join together to bargain for better working conditions for all. Proposition A was a so-called right-to-work law that would have driven down wages in Missouri and made it more difficult for those who work hard to earn a good life in the state. The fact is that workers in right-to-work states earn on average 3.1% less than those in non-right-to-work states. And the language voters rejected needlessly aimed to outlaw union membership as a condition of employment, despite the fact that the Supreme Court already guaranteed membership in a union cannot be compulsory. The defeat of this proposition is a victory for the labor movement and Missouri’s working and middle class."