Proponents of the "Save Our Secret Ballot" initiative are holding a meeting Springfield Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 p.m today.
They are organizing a ballot initiative to try to blunt the impact of the Employee Free Choice Act if it's passed by Congress.
Former State Sen. John Loudon is expected to lead the discussion; Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was slated to attend, but canceled to participate in a similar rival forum with Karl Rove and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.
Associated Industries of Missouri is sponsoring the SOS forum.
The legislation would eliminate employer-mandated secret ballot elections, and make organizing a union easier. Opponents say elimination of the secret ballot would foster harassment and intimidation in the workplace and that owners would lose control of their businesses.
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