Indiana Pushing Forward With Right-to-Work (For Less) Legislation

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Daniels before he flip-flopped on right-to-work for less laws

Despite strong public opposition, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and House Speaker Brian Bosma are pushing through so-called right-to-work legislation that would strip working families of their rights. The bill passed the state House by a 55 to 41 vote on Wednesday and will now head to the state Senate, which previously passed a different version of the bill.

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Gov. Daniels have been ramming the so-called right to work bill through even after the voters have made clear that they want a public referendum on the controversial anti-worker measure. Only one-third of Indiana voters favor passing the RTW for less law and a whopping 69 percent of Hoosier voters say that the Indiana General Assembly should slow down the process to allow more debate. An overwhelming 71 percent of respondents want to give voters—not the legislature—the final say on this controversial legislation.

The bill was passed while 10,000 protesters stood outside in opposition to the bill and in the wake of 20,000 signed postcards opposing it as well.

Republicans across the country are pushing strong for state and national right-to-work laws and the presidential candidates all favor them in some form or another. Oklahoma passed a right-to-work for less law last year and found that it didn't perform as advertised. Laura Clawson at Daily Kos has a great rundown with the flaws in these laws.


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