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.
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.
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.
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.