Indiana has become the 23rd right-to-work state. Indiana senators passed the bill this afternoon with a 28-22 vote. Governor Mitch Daniels signed the legislation into law this afternoon… which, effective immediately, bans unions from collecting mandatory representation fees from workers. In a statement, he said that while right-to-work isn’t a magic answer to the state’s problems, the only change will be a positive one. Democratic Senator Tim Lanane of Anderson, who voted against right-to-work today, disagrees with the governor. He says right-to-work is about tearing the state apart.
But Republican Senator Brandt Hershman of Buck Creek says right-to-work is not about union-busting.
In the Senate this afternoon, no Democrats voted for right-to-work and nine Republicans voted against the measure. Indiana is the first state in a decade to enact a right-to-work law.