Ind. Senate Passes Right To Work
Thousands of protestors gathered at the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday as the Senate passed House Bill 1001. Indiana AFL-CIO Twitter
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Indiana Senate passed right to work legislation Wednesday morning, another step towards making Indiana the 23rd right to work state, and the first in the Midwest.
Senators voted 28-22 to approve House Bill 1001 and forward it to the governor’s desk.
State Sen. Johnny Nugent (R-Lawrenceburg) was one of nine Republicans to vote against HB 1001, just as he did with Senate Bill 269 – the Senate version of right to work – earlier this session.
A spokesperson for Governor Mitch Daniels said the governor will sign the bill Wednesday, but there would be no ceremony or press conference.
Right to work laws prohibit companies and unions from forming agreements to require workers to either join the union or pay a fee.
“The Senate’s action today is an historic step toward ensuring more freedom for Hoosier workers,” Sen. President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) said afterwards. “It’s no secret that job creation has been our number one priority this legislative session. With 250,000 Hoosiers still looking for work, it is our duty as state lawmakers to create the best environment possible for attracting jobs and investment to Indiana. HB 1001 will help us do this.”
For nearly two hours during the morning Democrats debated in the Senate against the law they say will lower wages and lead to freeloading.
Thousands of union members and supporters swarmed the Indiana Statehouse to rally against right to work by holding signs and chanting decrying the bill.
Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott was among them.
“On behalf of all working men and women across Indiana, we are extremely disappointed that the Indiana General Assembly has passed the ‘right to work for less’ bill today. They have set our state upon a path that will lead to lower wages for all working Hoosiers, less safety at work, and less dignity and security in old age or ill health,” Guyott said in a statement.
Sen. Vi Simpson (D-Bloomington) said the next battle over right to work is in November.