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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