By JENNA FEAR
Senator Claire McCaskill visited the Lincoln County Democratic Field Office on Cherry Street Monday. People began to gather around noon, and by the time McCaskill began speaking, the field office was filled with community members. McCaskill began by talking about workers’ rights, which she believes are crucial for Lincoln County.
Specifically, she spoke on Missouri Proposition B, which will be on the ballot Nov. 6 and would increase the state’s minimum wage each year until reaching $12 in 2023, and then make increases or decreases based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.
McCaskill recalled the Aug. 7 primary election ballot in which Prop A, the “right-to-work” referendum, was voted on. The proposition would have prohibited, as a condition of employment, forced membership in a labor organization (union) or forced payments of dues or fees, in full or pro-rata (“fair-share”), to a union.
Although Lincoln is a red county, Prop A was defeated by a 75 percent vote to a 25 percent one, McCaskill said.
She said that this shows both Republicans and Democrats voted against the bill.
She hopes parties will come together again to pass the minimum wage bill.
McCaskill also spoke about bipartisanship and finding common ground.
“We need more legislation that is bipartisan,” McCaskill said.
She also addressed her supporters’ concerns and disappointments that she has not gone after President Donald Trump enough, to which she said, “I don’t get up every day trying to figure out how to fight the President. I get up trying to figure out how to fight for you, the people.”
McCaskill is running for U.S. Senator against Josh Hawley, Japheth Campbell, Jo Crain and Craig O’Dear.