1/6/11

Unionist Tags Class Warfare

Hoosier Dems H8 Worker-Choice
The first day of the Indiana legislative session began with sparks flying in the House, where minority Democrats made procedural objections in an effort to derail so-called right-to-work legislation.

The opening day of the session typically consists of handshakes and pledges by Republicans and Democrats to work together. But a skirmish over the rules began on Wednesday minutes after lawmakers said the Pledge of Allegiance.

Democrats wanted the chance to immediately reject legislation that would prevent workers from being required to pay union dues.

"This is the only opportunity we have in the minority or the majority to say this topic is off the table," said Rep. Edward DeLaney, D-Indianapolis. "We don't think it's worth our time. We don't want it sent to the committee."

Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, also called the move class warfare on working people. "Why can't we just work together to get the best jobs and get Indiana back on track?" he asked.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma ruled against Democrats, so the legislation will move to a committee for a possible hearing along with a second measure which would prohibit Project Labor Agreements that non-union contractors believe squeeze them out of government construction projects.
(video included at theindychannel.com)

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