On May 8, 2018, a Missouri Senate committee approved a proposal to have voters decide in August 2018, rather than November 2018, whether to prevent the Missouri right-to-work law from taking effect. If allowed to become effective, the right-to-work law would prohibit employers from requiring employees to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Approval by the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee sends the issue to the full Senate. If the proposal obtains the approval of both chambers, the question will appear on the Aug. 7, 2018, primary ballot instead of the November ballot.

As you may recall, the right-to-work law was passed in early 2017, but the law was prevented from taking effect when opponents collected enough petition signatures to force a referendum on this matter.