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An analysis of the proposed right-to-work legislation

An analysis of the proposed right-to-work legislation
Creator: Kansas State Federation of Labor
Date: August 1954
In 1958, Kansas voters ratified the "right to work" amendment to the state constitution. The amendment stated, in part, that "No person shall be denied the opportunity to obtain or retain employment because of membership or non membership in any labor organization..." In this pamphlet, the Kansas State Federation of Labor argues that the purpose of the legislation was to limit the power of organized labor.


Labor Day proclamation

Labor Day proclamation
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1889-1893 : Humphrey)
Date: August 13, 1890
In August of 1890, Kansas Governor Lyman U. Humphrey issued this proclamation officially recognizing Labor Day in Kansas as September 1st. He issued the proclamation at the request of the Topeka Trades and Labor Assembly and the Kansas State Federation of Labor. The proclamation was then, and is now, considered to be the first official recognition of Labor Day by any head of state and became an example that others states would soon follow. In the proclamation, Humphrey expressed an interest in improving the working conditions for laboring people and asked that business be suspended on Labor Day so that working people could enjoy the holiday.


Prominent Negro leader denounces right-to-work laws

Prominent Negro leader denounces right-to-work laws
Creator: Kansas State Federation of Labor
Date: Between 1954 and 1958
In this flyer, the Kansas State Federation of Labor quotes the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., in his opposition to "right to work" laws. Dr. King argues that the so-called "right to work" laws are a form of discrimination that undermine workers' right to organize and collectively bargain with their employers. Kansas voters passed a "right to work" amendment to the state constitution in 1958.


Right-to-Work laws aim to destroy unions

Right-to-Work laws aim to destroy unions
Creator: Oxnam, Bishop G. Bromley
Date: 1958
This commentary, excerpted from an address by Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam, was reproduced by the Kansas State Federation of Labor in 1958. It provides an opposing view to "right to work" legislation. In this article, Bishop Oxnam states "right to work" laws are fraudulent. They are neither intended nor designed to guarantee work or to establish the right to work. The "Right to Work" Amendment was ratified in Kansas in 1958.


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