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Senate passes 'right-to-work' bill by narrow vote

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The Indiana Senate voted 28-22 in favor of House Bill 1001, which would make it illegal to require employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Having already passed the House by a vote of 54-44, the bill now awaits Gov. Mitch Daniels’ signature.

Supporters of the bill have claimed that states with “right-to-work” laws are more likely to attract new businesses than those without such laws. Opponents of the bill claim right to work laws undermine unions and weaken their bargaining power. In a company where a union labor agreement exists, unions must represent worker interests regardless of whether those workers pay union dues.

With Daniel’s signature, Indiana will become the 23rd state with a right to work law.

 

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  • foolish change in law
    I've been a republican my whole life but to me this is despicable. Its a race to the bottom with the third world when it comes to trying to fetch manufacturing back by lowering wages. Only fools think that is going to really work. You can see that in the southern states they can't hold on to jobs any better than we can up here.

    Much praise to Pat Bauer and the democrats and, most of all, to the the nine BOLD AND WISE republicans who voted and fought against this.

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