Labor Bill Clears Indiana House Committee

by Rick Howlett on February 21, 2011

A bill that would make Indiana a so-called “right-to-work” state is on its way to the state House of Representatives.

The Republican-sponsored measure was approved by a committee Monday.

The bill would, in most cases, prohibit union membership and associated fees from being a condition of employment. Similar laws are in place in about two-dozen other states—Kentucky is not among them.

The House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the bill 8-5 along party lines.

“This is a bad day for Indiana, this is a bad bill, and I vote no,” said Democratic committee member Rep. Dennis Tyler.

Hundreds of union members showed up at the Statehouse to protest the measure, whcih they say would weaken organized labor in the state and reduce wages.

Bill sponsor Rep. Jerry Torr says it’s intended to make Indiana more attractive to new business and industry, and not an effort to bust unions.

“Job investments, where folks are looking to invest someplace, don’t look at Indiana because we’re not a right to work state. So we’re just trying to add that to all the other great things we have going for us,” he said.

Gov. Mitch Daniels had asked lawmakers to avoid the issue this session so it wouldn’t distract them from more pressing matters.

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Ron Harding February 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

This is truly a sad day for Indiana. The propaganda machine fueled by right-wing extremeism has pitted those with decent pay, benifits and pensions against those who do not..worker against worker. This is not the United States of America, but the United States of Corporate America. When will economists, politicians and workng people (white or Blue Collar) that by lowering wages, health care and pensions you are actually lowering the tax revenue base, and participation in the economy…People earning 50,000 per yr spend more and pay more in taxes than those who make 30,000. And workers with a pension are alot less likely to need subsidy from the government after retirement. If you want to lower Goverment entitlment programs—Pay people meaningful salaries and benifits with Pensions.

Debra McLaughlin February 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I am adamantly against House Bill 1468 — The Right to Work Bill. This bill would definitely weaken organized labor in the state and reduce wages. Cheers to Democratic committee member Rep. Dennis Tyler who voted no to this bill. And JEERS to bill sponsors Rep. Jerry Torr, Rep. Noe, Rep. Turner and Rep. Kubacki. I agree with Rep. Tyler that “This is a bad day for Indiana, this is a bad bill”. VOTE NO TO HOUSE BILL 1468……with the misleading name of right to work.
Thank you !!

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