(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Wisconsin and Ohio are not the only state’s where public employees are unhappy with budget slashing moves.
Thousands of Hoosiers are expected to protest at the Statehouse in Indianapolis Monday as a right-to-work bill is heard in a House committee.
That's according to union leaders who are urging workers to voice their opposition to House Bill 1468.
The bill aims to prohibit employers from requiring employees to become a member of or pay dues to a labor organization. Construction industry and federal workers would be exempt.
The Indiana Federation of Teachers says the bill would allow employees to avoid paying their fair share for unions representing fellow workers. The group is urging its members to attend the rally Monday.
The Indiana Democratic Party says the legislation is an attack on public servants.
“These hard-working Hoosiers pay taxes, buy goods and services, send their kids to school and contribute to our economy just like those in the private sector. Moreover, they are the infrastructure of human capital that the rest of us depend on to live our lives. We, Hoosier Democrats, need to follow President Obama’s lead and support our public servants as they deserve to be supported,” the party wrote on its website.
Republicans fired back in an e-mail sent to members of the Indiana GOP Friday.
“On Monday, with the help of President Obama and the DNC, we are expecting union members from around the state to descend on the State House in their continued effort to intimidate legislators to preserve the status quo that is allowing 25,000 students to drop out of high school every year,” it read.
At least two other labor-related bills could be subject to vote in the House and Senate this week.
Senate Bill 575 limits collective bargaining for the state’s teachers in regards to performance evaluations, firings, and agreements that can lead to district’s going into a financial deficit. Teacher contracts would also be limited to two years.
Democrats attempted to block House Bill 1028, which contains provisions similar to HB 1468, during the first day of the legislative session on January 5. House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) attempted to kill the bill during the first reading, but it passed 59-38.