By Ethan Colbert
Under the shady canopy of tall oak trees at Mark Twain Lake’s Spalding Beach Park Picnic Area, nearly 200 northeast Missouri Democrats, including a sizable delegation from Pike County, turned out for this year’s Dollar Day Picnic.
Speakers at the annual picnic, which for more than three decades has served as the summer kick-off to political campaign season, used their time to level stark criticism of Proposition A and encourage attendees to vote no on Proposition A.
Proposition A, which appears on the Aug. 7 ballot, would allow the implementation of “Right to Work” legislation, which was passed last year by the Missouri General Assembly. Under the new law, workers could not be compelled, as a condition of employment, to join or to pay dues to a labor union. However, before the law could go into effect, opponents collected 310,567 signatures on a petition calling for voters to weigh in on the measure.
As was previously reported by the Times, more than 1,360 Pike County voters signed the petition.
Lawmakers voted last month to put the referendum on the August ballot.
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