Unions air TV and radio ads targeting right-to-work laws

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Indiana’s AFL-CIO has launched a series of television and radio ads aimed at convincing Hoosiers to put public pressure on lawmakers to oppose right-to-work bills in the upcoming legislative session.

The legislation, which will be the centerpiece of Statehouse Republicans’ agenda, would ban unions from negotiating contracts requiring non-members to pay dues. A similar bill during last year’s session prompted the House’s Democratic caucus to flee to Illinois in protest.

The ads, which include 30-second television spots and 60-second radio commercials, began airing Jan. 2. They’re targeted “in areas where recent polling conducted by the Indiana State AFL-CIO and its partners has shown constituents oppose the measure,” according to an Indiana AFL-CIO news release.

AFL-CIO affiliates and non-affiliated unions paid for the ads.

They label the right-to-work law an “attack on working people” that “does nothing to create jobs.” Proponents of such legislation say some site selectors and companies refuse to consider Indiana as a place to expand or locate because it is a non-right-to-work state.

Late last year, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma began airing a 30-second television ad in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne pushing for right-to-work. He has said he also plans to air it in other cities.

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