• Right-to-Work headlines short session

    January 04, 2012 No comments

    The Indiana Legislature begins its new session amid expected labor union protests and the first test of new security rules and capacity limits at the Statehouse.

    The Indiana House and Senate were scheduled to gavel in the start of the 2012 session this afternoon. One of the first bills that legislative committees will take up this week will be the so-called “right-to-work” proposal. The proposal banning labor contracts that require employees to pay union fees prompted last year’s five-week walkout by House Democrats and drew large crowds of union protesters.

    Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday he’s moving quickly on labor legislation that’s likely to dominate much of the state’s 2012 session after it spurred the Democratic walkout last year.

    Bosma told reporters that the first hearing on the state’s “right-to-work” bill will be Friday. The joint hearing between House and Senate members is just two days after lawmakers return to Indianapolis for a brief 10-week session.

    The proposal would ban businesses and private unions from signing contracts that mandate all workers pay union dues.

    Supporters say the law would help attract new business to the state. Opponents call it an attempt to weaken organized labor.

    An AFL-CIO spokesman says the group didn’t have a rally planned Wednesday but encouraged its members to show up at the Statehouse to try to speak with lawmakers.

    Indiana could become the 23rd state to adopt such a measure and the first since Oklahoma in 2001.

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