Unions see Missouri win as red state watershed

August 13, 2018

Missouri union protest

Unions are looking at their recent lopsided ballot measure win in deep red Missouri as a watershed moment, and a sign of victories to come.

The Missouri vote last week to overturn a “right-to-work” law restricting unions follows a string of successful red-state protests on teachers wages in recent months.

Now, after years of political decline, unions are eyeing new initiatives in an environment that has proved unexpectedly fertile.

“Coming off the 2016 election, what we’re seeing is a huge move toward collective action,” said Julie Greene, the Mobilization Hub director for the AFL-CIO.

According to Gallup, Americans’ views on unions hit a 14-year high last year, reaching 61 percent approval, just above its historical average in recent decades. That marks a distinct turnaround since the Great Recession almost a decade ago, when approval hit an all-time low of 48 percent amid job cuts, a contracting economy and the government bailout of U.S. automakers.

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