Indiana is 23rd right-to-work state

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.

Lanane on Right-to-Work

But Republican Senator Brandt Hershman of Buck Creek says right-to-work is not about union-busting.

Hershman on Right-to-Work

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.

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