It’s Official: Indiana Is a Right-to-Work State

From the Mackinac Center

Congratulations are in order for our Hoosier neighbors

By Paul Kersey | 2/1/2012 12:00 AM

Just prior to noon Wednesday, the Indiana Senate passed House Bill 1001 on a 28-22 vote. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the enrolled bill a few hours later. While the law does not change contracts currently in force, workers in Indiana will no longer have to pay union dues or agency fees as a term of employment when new union contracts are signed.

If the past is any guide, the law should be a boon to Indiana’s economy and a tremendous benefit to Indiana’s workers. Right-to-work laws are associated with faster economic growth, job creation and rising wages.

The law empowers workers and makes unions more accountable to the members they represent. We have every reason to believe that the working men and women of Indiana will use their new prerogatives wisely, that unions will adapt and survive, and that the great majority of Hoosiers will benefit.

We are confident that as Michiganders see what right-to-work protections bring to Indiana, support for labor freedom will expand here. Michigan may become the 24th right-to-work state, perhaps as early as the end of this year.

12 comments for “It’s Official: Indiana Is a Right-to-Work State

  1. February 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Right to work for less laws have no impact on the performance of state economies, and RTWFL laws lower wages for union and non-union workers by an average of $1,500 a year and decrease the likelihood employees will get health insurance or pensions through their jobs. The only purpose of RTWFL is to bust unions because they support Democrats because they support working people not just the 1 percent like Republicans, and to drive wages down and strip workers of benefits and kill what’s left of the middle class.

    RTWFL, also known as the right to freeload law, lowers wages and benefits and threatens economic growth. Wages in RTWFL states are 3.2 percent lower than in free bargaining states, and RTWFL threatens economic growth by undermining consumer spending. For every $1 million in wage cuts to workers, $850,000 less is spent in the local economy that results in a loss of six jobs in the community. There is a reason six out of the 10 states with the highest unemployment rates are RTWFL states.

    Federal law already protects workers who don’t want to join a union to get or keep their jobs, and the law gives workers the right to opt out of a union. But they must still pay union dues. RTWFL would give them the option of not paying dues while still enjoying the benefits of being in a union. What it will do is kill the union, and that’s what this is all about.

    Indiana will go the way Oklahoma did, the last state to adopt RTWFL in 2001 after hearing the same inflated and false promises we are hearing now. Oklahoma saw no improvement in its unemployment rate after RTWFL was adopted, and since RTWFL was adopted in Oklahoma, more than 100 firms have closed their doors.

    The fact is there is nothing more democratic in the workplace than a union, and Republicans hate democracy. The good news is Indiana tried RTWFL once and repealed it, and it will happen again. I can’t wait until November.

  2. February 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Ah yes, Olongapo crotch rot the harmless little commie fuzzball is still alive and trolling. Judging by the time, still trolling on the taxpayers dime too. Sen. Incheon-D 8 is a complete disgrace to allow this waste committed by his houseboy to continue on.

    Democratic majority states have shown nothing but population declines. Even Guv Moonbeams state has lost a congressional seat, a first for California, it too is following the decline of Jenny MoleRattler’s failed Michigan.

    Socialism has failed the world over wherever it has been tried, but that hasn’t stopped the Democratic Party using Socialism as its keystone platform. Yes, bring on November. The Obamabot Stabenasty reign of error must end.

    Olongapo crotch rot, GEABOD.

  3. February 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Ah, yes, the anonymous, anti-military coward is at again; no facts just attacks. Let me add racist to that list.

    Let me know when you have some facts and a real argument instead of lame, false personal attacks, or when you want to say that crap to my face. I know I will be waiting a long, long time.

    • JGillman
      February 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Oh no.. the racist card!

      Worth about as much as Weimar Republic of Germany currency.

      Stack it thick there good buddy.

      • February 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        Yes, racist, but far more cowardly than racist. Let me know if either one you cowards ever have a factual argument.

    • February 6, 2012 at 5:29 am

      You’re a sad little Dimocrat fuzzball. Still with the childish “say it to my face” nonsense. Like you could do something about it if I did?

      • February 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        Like I said, attacks no facts, and anonymous, of course. Try me.

        What a sad little coward.

        • February 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

          Try what? Is there a new aspect to your trolling, Olongapo crotch rot?

          • February 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

            Say it to my face, coward. Are you really that stupid?

  4. February 8, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Communications Guru on February 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Say it to my face, coward. Are you really that stupid?

    Then what?

  5. February 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I don’t know, try me. I was raised with the principal that if you can’t say t something to someone’s face you don’t say it all, and, of course, you don’t launch false, disgusting anti-military attacks behind a fake name.

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