In a letter opposing Amendment 1, the so-called “right-to-farm” constitutional amendment on Tuesday’s ballot, former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell shared a sentiment that applies to all five issues before voters:
“I have always held the view that our Missouri Constitution should be amended only in the rarest and most compelling of circumstances,” wrote the former state senator and lieutenant governor. He also happens to own a hog farm near Mexico, Mo., a pertinent fact, as we shall see.
Here are the two questions we suggest voters ask before voting on each of the five amendments before them: One, what is the compelling state problem requiring a change to the constitution? And two, if a problem exists, will this change provide a lasting solution?
The answer to both questions as it relates to each of the five ballot initiatives, is no. We’ve already shared in detail our reasons for opposing each of them, but Mr. Maxwell’s point helps bring them all into focus.
None of the ballot issues were brought forward by citizens, which is rare. They are on the ballot because the Missouri Legislature, and the special interests that control it, want them there. In most cases, the only reason they are on the ballot is political gain. Again: Just say no.
ARNOLD • The
City Council on Thursday night approved a resolution to oppose laws on
“Right to Work” and/or “Freedom to Work” that would prohibit requiring
payment of union dues as a condition of employment.
It states that
“the Arnold City Council believes there is no reason why the Missouri
General Assembly should overturn decades of successful labor-management
practice, jeopardize the success and stability of working class families
and the American middle class, ignore the will of the people, and
pander to out-of-state corporate special interests by adopting so-called
40 union members, represented by Bart Velasco, former president of the
Jefferson County Labor Club, attended the meeting in support of the
Arnold resolution. State Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, thanked the
council for its “courageous action to protect families.”
The next time you open a can of beer, remember that can was probably
made by a “scab.” Crown Holdings is the primary producer of beer cans in
southern Ontario, and their 120 employees have been on strike for eight
The U.S.based international company produces 5 million cans per day at
the plant on Fenmar Drive, primarily for Molson and Labatt.
Crown wants a two-tier wage system that would permanently pay new hires
$9 an hour or 42 per cent less than existing employees. That was the
starting wage 28 years ago, according to many veteran employees. For
context, 28 years ago a two-four of beer cost about $15.
As a result of Crown’s unmoving stance on the new hire system, United Steelworkers Local 9176 went on strike in September 2013.