Despite Walkout, Indiana Passes Anti-Union Bill

A day after Democrats staged another walk-out to avoid a vote, the Indiana House passed a controversial “right to work” bill. The bill now heads to the Indiana Senate where passage is all but guaranteed, making this the first right-to-work law passed in more than a decade. Republican Governor Mitch Daniels is expected to sign the bill, making Indiana the 23rd “right-to-work” state in the union and the first state in the Industrial Midwest to adopt this particular brand of union-busting.

At least nine other states have right-to-work legislation pending, including Michigan. Minnesota promises a similar bill at the start of their legislative session.

The fight over union rights is not going away anytime soon and promises to find its way into the presidential election as Republicans nationwide push union-busting as a means of job creation. It’s also an issue that may find its way into the Super Bowl, unless the Indiana Senate sits on the bill. The National Football League’s Players Union has come out against the bill. The Super Bowl takes place on Feb. 5 and union activists have suggested they may use the country’s most high-profile sporting event to vent their frustrations at the bill and the process of passage.

For everyone’s sake, let’s hope they do.

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131 comments

Nancy L.
Nancy L.4 years ago

Worst job I ever had was the telephone union. Nothing but "us against them" mentality. So unhappy and unproductive.

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas4 years ago

CONT.

right to work laws benifit the freeloader who gets all of the benifits of the union without the sacrafice and without paying dues.

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas4 years ago

you can play the negative phrasology game all you want, but the reality is, we all have rules, regulations and laws that we have to abide by, if you want to call it force then so be it. i will be forced by law to pay for 2 sports stadiums for the rest of my life because the voters in this county passed a tax levy to build a baseball park and a footgball stadium. i'm not even a sports fan and even if i was, i couldn't afford to take my family to pro football games. but that's the democratic system and i have to acept it & live with it.
if corporate america and the business communtity were sincere and truthful they wouldn't have to threaten and intimidate workers who wish to join a union. they wouldn'tg threaten workers with firings and plant closings. they would provide equitable wages and benifits and the best possible working conditions, they wouldn't try to short change the workforce at every opportunity. instead of spending billions of dollars on professional union busters they would work with their employees to try to provide the best possible wages, working conditions and overall job safety. without the power to strike there is no incentive for an employer to bargin in good faith. it's a take it or leave it situation. without the fear and imtimidation of job loss and plant closings i garuntee you there would be a lot more union shops in the country. right to work laws benifit the freeloader who gets all of the benifits of the union without the sacrafice and without

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.4 years ago

No surprise here.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

Jeffrey W. lives in his OWN reality, not the same one as people with a working moral compass.

Toby Seiler
Toby S.4 years ago

RalphH, the people of Indiana have no say in the matter. Daniels is championing passage and his term of office will end before a recall could be launched. When I spoke with an R legislator he told me he feared retaliation by other government officials AND JUDGES. Local courts are the backbone of the democracy, not some far removed body.

America has allowed the DOJ to influence politics. Fraud is rampent. This is not only Indiana. When I write about it, I get no response. So sure...blame Indiana citizens for these spreading issues, while courts all over the US play a vital role in creating an oligarchy. If you make no demand for honesty in courts of law...then retaliation for political purpose is assured. Judges are not being held accountable. When R legislators fear their retaliation...we are already in deep shit, and it's not confined to Indiana.

Toby Seiler
Toby S.4 years ago

Jeffrey, you are full of shit. You say "Those Republicans did exactly what they campaigned on and were elected to do."

NO, they did not campain on this issue, nor did they disclose their intentions. You simply don't know what your talking about, you don't live in Indiana or Wisconsin and are no authority on anytthing but selling smut.

Deb M.
Deborah M.4 years ago

Jeffery you are so delusional. Have you considered seeing a therapist for your issues. Like it or not more than 1 million people signed petitions for a recall of Walker. THAT does NOT sound like support to me.

Gary Addis
Gary Addis4 years ago

Jeffrey, political polls are like the thing you sit on: everybody has one. The accuracy of a poll is in the eye of the beholder.

Four Democrats in the running, one Walker. Walker spending millions. But the poll touted by all was conducted by a professor untrained in the science of polling who is a close personal friend of Walker. Dozens of polls affirm that when the question is, should Walker be recalled, there is no question: Walker is in deep doodoo. Any Republican would win a landslide against walker, the most hated man in the state. The right Democrat will win in a 2-way race against Walker. This, of course, implies that the election will be conducted fairly. Which is doubtful using electronic voting machines.

Gary Addis
Gary Addis4 years ago

Walker is hardly supported by the people of the state, Jeffrey: more than 2 million have signed petition for his recall. If the recall election is conducted on Dieibold machines, the result is a foregone conclusion: Walker will win. If the election is held openly and fairly and is closely monitored by humans, Walker will lose badly.

Jeffrey, union employees produce quality goods and services, which they take immense pride in. The shoddy crap sold in our stores is made in NON-union states and foreign countries--check the labels, dude.

China was always better administered than Russia's Stalinism. China was one of the poorest nation's on Earth till recently, yet it managed to feed its people, as Russia did not, as all the petty CIA-sponsored dictatorships around the globe did not. Then something happened over there. It began granting freedoms, capitalistic ownership of goods and services. Today there are a handful of Chinese billionaires and many millionaires, and millions of Chinese live in what they consider the lap of luxury. But at what price?

Today there are starving millions in China; poisons are being released into its rivers and streams; its air quality kills birds that try to fly its skies. China under socialistic principles was once a great big union of the entire population--they all benefited or they all suffered. Today, the few live in estates, the majority are allowed to suffer. China needs unionism as a defense against the worst excesses of ca