Testifying to protect the right to organize and collectively bargain

Testifying to protect the right to organize and collectively bargain


Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action is a statewide organization committed to building an economy and a democracy that works for all of us. We work with faith leaders, students, union members, and everyday Missourians—Black, Brown, and White—to build a state where we can all thrive. We work to build workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities where each of us has what we need for a safe and healthy life, from cradle to grave.

As an organization committed to economic security, we oppose HB 2876 and urge you to vote no on this bill. 

We believe that working families should have control over our futures. One of the ways we do that is by protecting the rights of all workers in Missouri to organize and collectively bargain in our workplaces. We are clear that any bill that interferes with workers and our unions is an attack on our families and our futures. 

Unionizing and collective bargaining have raised the standards not only for unionized workers but for all workers and communities. It is also a powerful force to address racial and economic disparities.

The Missouri constitution guarantees the right of all workers to organize and bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing. Our public workers provide critical services including public safety, keeping our roads clear in winter weather, protecting children and seniors from abuse and harm, and caring for our vulnerable neighbors. They are no less deserving of a voice at work simply because they are dedicated to serving the public. 

Such ideas, when proposed by the legislature, were overwhelmingly rejected in 2018 via public referendum. We urge you to vote against HB 2876.