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Indiana right-to-work bill on way to final vote

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Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said Monday he is ready this week to sign legislation to make Indiana the first state in a decade to enact a right-to-work law.

The state Senate is expected to take the final vote Wednesday on the bill that prohibits labor contracts that require workers to join a union or pay union fees. The House approved the proposal last week, and Republicans on the Senate's labor committee voted 6-1 to advance it Monday.

The Senate committee's three Democrats boycotted the meeting in protest, saying there was no justification for rushing the bill through and objecting to a decision by committee Chairman Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, to not consider any changes to the proposal Monday.

Republican Sen. Brent Waltz of Greenwood, who was among nine Republican senators to vote against the bill last week, was the single "no" vote in the committee Monday. Waltz said believes the proposal could cost the state jobs and won't raise wages for Indiana workers, but that he expects it will clear the Senate for final approval.

Right-to-work supporters insist the measure helps create a pro-business climate that attracts employers and increases jobs. Opponents say the law only leads to lower wages and poorer quality jobs. Many experts say states' economies respond to a mix of factors, ranging from swings in the national economy to demographic trends, and that isolating the impact of right-to-work is nearly impossible.

Dozens of union protesters cheered before Monday's committee hearing when Democratic Sens. Karen Tallian of Portage, Jim Arnold of LaPorte and Tim Skinner of Terre Haute announced their boycott. Skinner called the Senate's handling of the bill a "sham" and said that "no one has cared one whit what we've had to say to this point."

But they said the Democratic senators would take part in the debate and votes expected Tuesday and Wednesday on the bill. The 13 Democratic senators are too few to deny the Senate a quorum for taking action, as House Democrats did to slow action on the bill for numerous days this month.

Daniels, meanwhile, also said Monday that it would be a "colossal mistake" for union protesters to use festivities surrounding Sunday's Super Bowl in Indianapolis as a national stage to oppose the right-to-work proposal.

Union members and Occupy protesters have staged multiple marches in opposition to the legislation since the Super Bowl Village opened last week.

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  • ESTA you're killing me!
    Thats is hilarious! That's it.

    LadyJan - I seriously doubt you have a degree. You can not write a proper sentence. hahaha... By the way we elected those people to do a job not to come up with laws for us to vote on. Them getting elected is us telling them what we want them to do.
  • No vote? No protection?
    First off - read the bill being voted on before commenting. It says nothing but agreements may no longer be negotiated to take fees from people who don't want to belong to the union. There is no mention of rescinding any rules or regulations that protect workers, such as OSHA or labor laws.

    Secondly, our governmental system is representative, not a democracy. Our 180 year old state structure makes no provision for individual bill referendums. We all get to vote in the elections for representatives to enact the laws. We elect them to do that job.

    No matter to which party they belong, no matter what the discussion, they agreed to do a job when they ran for office - that is to be on the floor of the House or the Senate, to be involved in the discussion, to participate in the process, to vote on the bill - one way or the other. Any representative who will not or can not do the job is a failure in the job, and should forfeit the position.

    We need a provision in our Constitution to enforce our representatives to do their job, or get out of the position, since there have been too many instances of such failures. See this link for one suggestion:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-petition-to-Amend-the-Constitution-of-the-State-of-Indiana/243101189100261
  • You're Killing Me
    Stop it. Really, stop it. The complete inability of the Union supporters on this forum to communicate is appauling. There's a reason you don't deserve more than minimum wage.

    Translation for Union members: lern to use god wirds adn peeple will take yu mor serisly.
  • Finally
    Will be glad when Right To Work/Unionization issue is settled. Unions have bullied the American worker for nearly a century. Have been on both sides of Union/Non-Union fence and prefer the Non-Union freedom of choice. The the loss of GM jobs and refusal to compromise with Norman was tragic.
  • reply
    @David Hey I got an degree, took American history and now taking American Economic History, I don't claim to know everything but what I am reading I am understanding more than more people think. But the Republican are bullies, and won't let the people vote. Who we voted in was the wrong people expectantly Mitch. The only reason why they wanted to pass it because of the Superbowl here in town. If the union worker strike, I would not blame them, but would not like it. But the Republican and some Democratic are pushing them in doing so.
  • Wow
    First off, @ ladjan - WOW. Just wow. That's about it. Secondly, Jerry your argument doesn't make sense. Just because people can opt out of the union doesn't mean they will disappear but i doubt they hang around long because their purpose no longer matters except for stealing money away from hard workers! Thirdly, @ Italiano the only worker that gets shafted is the dude that doesn't care enough to work hard; which I'm sorry is the way it should be. No one else should earn what the owner does. You have no right or idea what it takes to start a company and make it a success. Therefore you have no right to dictate to a company your worth unless you are sought after by a lot of companies which i doubt is the case here. Its simple you want more money make yourself invaluable to your company. Get a degree and work ethic.
    • Forget about it
      Maybe we'd have a few GM plants open with jobs if the union would have accepted the proposals to lessen pay or let JD Norman come in. I'm pretty confident by not doing that we have a "Right to work" bill being passed now. Instead of the union pulling punch's, you have government pulling the punch's. Good move UAW. Oh don't forget you were loaned money by the government as well to help bail out failing plants. Maybe after all the government knows your business better than you.
    • Class warfare
      And again the worker gets shafted while the employer gets richer. Somewhere there is a balance but not in Indiana.
    • ashamed
      You and your cronies should be ashamed of your grammar. That alone speaks volumes about the Union. The only institution that will lose money is the Union. The bosses, not the employees.
    • Beware the inpending doom!
      Well Jerry, another negative post?
      Go figure.
      How will we survive this move by the evil Mitch Daniels?
      Run, the sky is falling!

      Great job Republicans for doing the work we voted you in to do.

      Great job Mitch Daniels!

      Our state is a success and our city is a success. I'm extremely happy with all of the elected officials who show up and do their job.
      • right to work passage
        i have to laugh on this now. because less wages.
        Means loss of taxes on pay roll checks.
        state tax federal tax S.S. and county.
        and where do you think the loss will be made up .. you guest it property taxes go up or more taxes on gasoline or some other area.
        Real smart move they are making..

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