Indiana Set to Join Right-To-Work States
Gov. Mitch Daniels is expected to back a decision by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. calling for a right-to-work law in the Hoosier State. The IEDC’s board voted unanimously Thursday to¬†support the labor policy.
“These folks work all the time, as a staff and as a board, to bring jobs to the state, and they say we’re missing a third to¬†half of all the opportunities because we don’t provide this protection,” Daniels said. “It’s a very important point to pay attention to.”
The Republican governor is chairman of the IEDC board but did not vote on the right-to-work resolution. He’s scheduled to announce his position on right-to-work next week.
According to reports, Gov. Daniels spoke positively at a meeting with the IEDC board about¬†the findings of a Republican-led legislative study committee that said right-to-work will bring more jobs to Indiana. Right-to-work exempts nonunion members at a union employer from paying fees for services they receive from the union.
IEDC CEO Dan Hasler said enacting¬†right-to-work would be the¬†”single, probably greatest thing that can happen for us”¬†in terms of luring companies considering relocating, Northwest Indiana Times reports.
“Our worst losses are not after we’ve had a chance to sell Indiana; our worst losses are when we don’t get a chance to sell Indiana,” Hasler said. “We’ve got to have more shots on goal, that’s all there is to it.”
Democrats and labor union officials contend right-to-work is intended to defund and destroy unions. They also cite studies showing¬†right-to-work¬†reduces wages and benefits for union and nonunion workers.
Daniels told the board right-to-work does not¬†limit unions from continuing to organize and pointed out several right-to-work states have greater union membership rates than Indiana.