I ask of thee, spirited protesters who made a lot of noise in the Capitol rotunda this morning:
Why there, why now?
You say you want a $15 an hour minimum wage. Yeah, the General Assembly could do that. But it won’t, because that is way above the labor market equilibrium in rural Missouri. You also say you want union organization and representation for low wage service workers. If you really wanted that, you’d be organizing that in those work places and among those employees. And you’d be doing it in a state with a union-friendly political and legal culture — If the General Assembly had passed a RTW bill this spring, one that Nixon would have vetoed, and the General Assembly was going to try to override the veto during this week’s veto session, (and I’ll be in Jefferson City for only one day), then I could see rallying there. But there was no RTW bill this session. Even if RTW does happen, it wouldn’t make the unionization of fast feeder employees that much harder, if at all.