Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Missouri voters have struck down a right-to-work law that the state legislature passed last year after strong opposition from labor unions.
Voters said no to the proposal Tuesday in a referendum for the law, which would have prohibited unions from forcing workers to join or pay a "fair share" of fees.
The orders, signed in late May, make it easier to fire workers by cutting back on what the White House called "taxpayer-funded union time" to prepare and pursue grievances. They also limit the time federal employees can spend on union-related work to 25 percent.
The Missouri AFL-CIO celebrated the win Tuesday, comparing the "no" vote on Proposition A to a similar victory against a right-to-work law in 1978.
"The defeat of this poisonous anti-worker legislation is a victory for all workers across the country," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. "The message sent by every single person who worked to defeat Prop. A is clear: When we see an opportunity to use our political voice to give workers a more level playing field, we will seize it with overwhelming passion and determination."