Indiana's Big Labor Democrats Try To End Hoosiers' Freedom Before it Begins

By a significant percentage (80%), most Americans and even union members believe that people should have the right to decide whether or not to join a union.  Overwhelmingly, most believe that no one should be forced to pay dues or fees to a union in order to keep or get a job. 

Yet, Big Labor Democrats in Indiana are pulling out all the legislative stops to keep Hoosiers from enjoying the freedom to choose as citizens in 22-Right to Work states enjoy.

Evansville Courier & Press:

It took a temper tantrum to do it, but Democrats in the Indiana House proved Wednesday that, even as the minority party, they can make life difficult.

Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN)

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and some Republican members of the General Assembly favor right-to-work legislation, but Democrats staunchly oppose the idea, and Gov. Mitch Daniels has said he doesn’t think this year’s session is the right time to make such a change.

Democrats sought to render those bills dead on arrival. But to have a chance to do so, they had to use two little-known and often-ignored House rules in hopes of forcing procedural votes on bills most lawmakers had not yet read.

House Speaker Brian Bosma

Their tactics were unusual.

On a vote along party lines, and without any debate about the substance of legislation, the Democratic effort to kill the right-to-work bill failed. It now moves forward to the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee.

After lawmakers adjourned for the day, [House Speaker Brian] Bosma called Democrats’ move “inappropriate” and condemned their use of the rules they cited Wednesday.