Right about now, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels might be wishing he had taken a stab at securing the Republican presidential nomination after his final State of the State address.
Daniels, with Republican allies, is pushing through a union-busting “right to work” bill that has resulted in protestors booing Daniels in the Statehouse hallways and empty seats that should have held Democrats. Like a similar attack on union rights in Wisconsin, the so called “right to work” legislation has left the state bitterly divided. It prompted a five-week walkout by House Democrats in 2011 that continued into 2012.
Also similar to Wisconsin, Indiana House Republicans rammed their bill through committee taking less than six minutes and no debate to pass the measure, clearing the measure for a full vote by the House and Senate chambers.
Like copy-cat bills snaking their way through other states, this bill bans companies and unions from negotiating a contract that requires any non-union member to pay fees for the representation unions are required to give them. Twenty-two other states currently have similar laws on their books.
Recent polls show that Indianans are split with a majority of voters undecided on the bill.
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