12/27/10

Gov. Daniels Backs Union Thugs

Keeping worker-choice off the so-called reform agenda
Republicans in the Indiana House are considering whether to move forward with so-called right-to-work legislation that Gov. Mitch Daniels says is so divisive that it could derail much of his agenda.

GOP lawmakers -- who just gained control of the House -- already have filed two bills that would ban companies from making union dues or membership a requirement of employment. That's the law in 22 states, most to Indiana's south and west.

Rep. Doug Gutwein, new chairman of the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee, said it's too soon to say whether the bills will get public hearings and a vote when the legislative session begins in January.

"I would imagine there will be some (Republican) caucus talk about this before we would get too far with it," Gutwein, R-Francesville, said last week. "Personally, I like the idea. It seems to work and seems like it's a plus for those states that have it. But we'll have to see."

But Daniels, also a Republican, has told legislative leaders it would be better to leave the issue alone, even though he believes the proposal has merit. The issue could wreck the chances for reforming education, local government and criminal justice, he said.
(from indystar.com)

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