Skip to comments.Indiana House approves right-to-work bill
Posted on 01/25/2012 8:21:49 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
Indiana's Republican-controlled House of Representatives cleared the way Wednesday to become the first right-to-work state in a traditionally union-heavy Rust Belt increasingly targeted by non-union foes.
The House voted 54-44 to make Indiana the nation's 23rd right-to-work state after Democrats ended a periodic boycott which had stalled the measure for weeks. The measure is expected to face little opposition in Indiana's Republican-controlled Senate and could reach Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' desk shortly before the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
"This announces especially in the Rust Belt, that we are open for business here," Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said of the right-to-work proposal that would ban unions from collecting mandatory representation fees from workers.
But Republicans have struggled with similar anti-union measures in other Rust-Belt states like Wisconsin and Ohio where they have faced a massive backlash. Ohio voters overturned Gov. John Kasich's labor measures last November and union activists delivered roughly 1 million petitions last week in an effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
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Look for a number of companies located in IL start to relocate to IN.
That bumbling tax raiser IL. Gov Quinn should be getting the Recall and not WI. Gov. Scott Walker.
To be honest, I don’t know how this will play out. Some Republicans in the state legislature voted against this, which is why it didn’t pass by a larger margin.
Every Republican who votes against right-to-work should be primaried.
pro worker...not anti union......
I agree in principle, but if there’s, say a pro-union Republican from Gary or something who is conservative on other stuff (kinda like an Indiana version of former Congressman Jack Quinn), I’d be willing to give him a pass.
I would look for companies in MI and OH to do the same thing. I also expect Toyota, Subaru, and Honda to expand their Indiana plants.
Indiana is very conservative in most ways, but it’s historically also pro-labor union. I recall from research that in 1958, Right-to-Work was pushed in Ohio and that it backfired overwhelmingly. Labor isn’t as powerful here now as it was back then, so hopefully, it won’t be a big issue.
Right-to-work should’ve been implemented nationally decades ago. This is an issue of basic freedom.
I have an impolite 4 letter word to describe any Republican that votes against right to work.
It starts and ends with the letter “t” and 1 of the other 2 letters is the middle initial of a recent former President.
We need a NATIONAL right to work law that includes all lines of work including all public employees, especially teachers. I believe closed shops are unconstitutional.
“We need a NATIONAL right to work law that includes all lines of work including all public employees, especially teachers. I believe closed shops are unconstitutional.”
So you think that Republicans who vote against right-to-work laws are twits? : )
I agree on both of your main points: that states that mandate closed shops are unconstitutionally interfering with the freedom of contract between employer and employee and that there should be a federal law guaranteeing the right to work without being forced to pay union dues. However, if we have a fairly comfortable GOP majority in a legislative body, and an otherwise conservative Republican represents a district centered in Buffalo or Gary or Pittsburgh or some other place that is heavily pro-union and Democrat, and for whom voting for a right-to-work law would guarantee that a liberal Democrat will unseat him in the next election, I would give that particular Republican a pass (which means that I wouldn’t sanction him or oppose him in the next primary) and get the bill approved with the votes of the other members of our majority. We would need that pro-union Republican for votes for lower taxes, military readiness, tort reform, religious liberty and immigration enforcement, and against gun control, abortion, racial preferences and environmental extremism, and getting rid of such legislator and allowing a liberal Democrat to replace him would be cutting off our nose to spite our face.
Don’t get me wrong: I would not countenance a Republican voting against right-to-work if he represented a district in which voting for such law would not lead to his defeat the next time around. So if, say, a Todd Platts voted against right-to-work, I would call for his head. But if a Jack Quinn opposed the bill, and we had enough votes to pass it without his vote, I’d give him a pass.
If there are any kids reading this, sure that's the word I meant. ;)
We should try and check the districts of the Republicans who voted no. If any of them are actually in those kinds of districts I could overlook their behavior though they still deserve to be called tw(i)ts. :D
Break the political power of unions and those districts should decline in number.
“Break the political power of unions and those districts should decline in number.”
The union halls must be teaming with goons drawing up recall petitions for Gov Daniels to be tossed out. How many state Democrat legislatures showed up for the vote or did they all flee to a Holiday Inn in Illinois like they did last time?