Whenever Republican governors and legislators push right-to-work laws in their various jurisdictions, unions and their Democratic allies become almost apoplectic. Despite doing their darnedest, Democrats in the Hoosier State couldn’t prevent the elected legislature from making Indiana
. . . the 23rd state to pass anti-union [sic] “right-to-work” legislation on Wednesday and the first in the nation’s manufacturing heartland, dealing a blow to organized labor by allowing workers to opt out of paying union dues.
Indiana’s Republican governor Mitch Daniels signed the legislation into law immediately after it was given final approval in the state Senate, making Indiana the first state to adopt such a measure since Oklahoma did so a decade ago.
Opponents of the legislation may call it “union-busting,” but all the legislation does is give employees to opt out of union representation:
Republican state Senator Carlin Yoder, the bill’s main sponsor, said it would not prevent anyone from joining a union.
“It is simply allowing those individuals to decide for themselves if they want to pay union dues or not,” Yoder said during the floor debate on Wednesday.
What’s wrong with giving workers the choice? Maybe the Democrats are concerned about filling their campaign coffers.