"Right-to-work" bill on the agenda for Indiana in 2012

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October 26, 2011


INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana: Legislation that led to a five-week walkout earlier this year will be on the agenda again in 2012. The Legislature's Interim Study Committee on Employment on Wednesday voted 5-4 along party lines to advance a "right-to-work" proposal. Democrats criticize the measure, which would ban unions from requiring workers to join or pay dues, as anti-union.[1]

The legislation came to a head on February 22, 2011, when 37 Democrats walked out of the House chambers in order to prevent a quorum necessary to act on the bill. The missing legislators returned on March 28, with both sides making compromises. One of those compromises was shelving the "right-to-work" bill for a year.

Both sides claimed victory in the standoff, but proof may come in the 2012 elections, when all 100 state representatives will be up for re-election.

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