Right-to-Work Bill Becomes Law in Indiana
The Senate voted 28-22 Wednesday to pass the labor union bill as thousands of protesters packed Statehouse hallways shouting their disapproval. Thousands more lined up outside waiting to get in.
Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the “right to work” bill shortly thereafter without ceremony, making Indiana the 23rd state in the nation with the law.
Daniels and other Republican supporters characterized the measure as needed for Indiana to attract jobs.
“The only change will be a positive one,” the governor said in a statement released by his office.
“Indiana will improve still further its recently earned reputation as one of America’s best places to do business, and we will see more jobs and opportunity for our young people and for all those looking for a better life.”
After the Senate vote, the protesters poured out of the Statehouse to join a rally on the Statehouse lawn and a march to Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Super Bowl will be held Sunday.
Under right-to-work laws, companies can no longer negotiate a contract with a union that requires non-members to pay fees for representation. The House earlier passed the measure 54-44.