(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Supporters call it a right to work bill, but opponents say it’s a right to work for less.
Close to 4,000 union members protested at the Indiana Statehouse Monday as the House Employment, Pension and Labor Committee voted along party lines 8-5 in favor of House Bill 1468. The legislation now goes to the full House.
The bill would outlaw businesses from requiring employees to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment.
Nancy Guyott of the AFL-CIO says the bill is simply meant to break unions.
“The truth is that the people of Indiana would best be served by strategic cooperation between business and labor. This bill will destroy that cooperation,” Guyott told the committee during a 3 ½ hour long hearing.
HB 1468 author Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) said his legislation will bring jobs by making Indiana the 23rd right to work state.
Indiana Chamber of Commerce president Kevin Brinegar said it’s an issue of fairness.
“Individuals should not be force to join and pay dues to organizations they do not want to join,” said Brinnegar.
House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) told the Indianapolis Star he has not ruled out following the lead of Wisconsin Democrats who left the state to avoid a vote on proposals which seek to limit labor unions.
"I wouldn't preclude any legal way to try to slow this terrible situation down, but I haven't come to any conclusion, and neither has my caucus," Bauer told the newspaper.