Minimum Wages Hike Passes on Both Ballots

As we’ve advised in the past, questions on raising the minimum wage were put to the voters in both Arkansas and Missouri this week and unfortunately, voters in both states agreed with advocates and approved the initiatives. In Arkansas, the current $8.50 minimum will increase to $9.25 in January 2019, then to $10 per hour…

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Missouri Ballot Incentive

For those in the state of Missouri who may need a little extra incentive to get out and vote next Tuesday, there is a question on the ballot that brings the issue of minimum wage home to roost – should the state mandate a minimum wage of $12 per hour by the year 2022? If…

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A Rose By Any Other Name

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit this week in the US District Court in Columbia, Missouri challenging a new statute that took effect on Wednesday. An omnibus agriculture bill signed earlier this summer by former Governor Eric Greitens contained a provision prohibiting companies from calling a product “meat” unless it is derived from…

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Missouri Voters Reject Right to Work

Private sector unions in Missouri were the big winners this past Tuesday as voters resoundingly opposed the state right to work law by a 67 – 33% margin. Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed right to work into law almost 18 months ago, but labor groups blocked enactment with a successful petition drive that placed…

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Missouri Will Vote On $12 Minimum Wage This Fall

As if the voters deciding to eliminate the Missouri right to work law wasn’t enough, state officials last week also approved for the fall ballot a measure to raise the state minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. The current minimum wage in Missouri is indexed to inflation by law and as a result…

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Hollywood Joins Missouri Right to Work Fight

The Hollywood elite (those who play make-believe for a living) continues to advise the rest of America what we need to be successful in our lowly everyday worlds. Last week, we advised how “Hanoi Jane” was in Washington DC to tell members of the DC Council that they should support and retain Initiative 77 (eliminating…

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Right to Work Before Missouri Voters Next Month

Another of the 28 states that have accepted right to work laws will have that decision second-guessed by the voters early in August. Missouri right to work laws, enacted by the Show Me State back in 2017, were actually suspended in accordance with a provision in the state constitution that suspends existing law if a…

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Missouri Governor Signs Right to Work, Resigns

Hard to find the right category to put this one in, but former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed a right to work bill (HB.1413) into law in the “Show Me” state, then officially resigned as governor in the face of a long-simmering sex and corruption scandal. Greitens, who was a pro-business leader in Missouri, was…

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Missouri Readies Right To Work Referendum

Missouri, which had previously become a “right to work” state back in February 2017 when Governor Eric Greitens signed it into law, will have the voters deciding the issue again in the August primary election this year. Organized labor and other right to work opponents initiated a petition campaign over a year ago to suspend…

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SCOTUS Rejects Other Joint Employer Case

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) missed an opportunity to put the issue to bed once and for all this week when the court announced that it would not take up a case addressing whether DirecTV is a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act. By rejecting the Petition for a Writ…

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