The St. Louis branch of the NAACP is teaming up with local labor union groups to fight against efforts in Jefferson City to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state.
Chapter President Adolphus Pruitt says African-Americans are more likely to be union members than any other ethnicities in the United States, so the partnership makes sense.
“Right-to-work is a problem that exists across the country," Pruitt said. "It’s trying to rear its ugly head up here in Missouri, (and) we’re gonna find a way to fight it back.”
House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) said before the start of this year’s session that any effort to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state this year would likely fail. However, other bills related to right-to-work, namely paycheck protection and prevailing wage repeals, have moved forward this year. Pruitt says such bills have the ability to chip away at employment protections in Missouri.
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