Right-to-work: How they voted; what they're saying

2012-02-01T16:45:00Z 2012-02-22T18:10:08Z Right-to-work: How they voted; what they're sayingBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
February 01, 2012 4:45 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's right-to-work law took effect Wednesday, prohibiting a business and a union from agreeing to charge fees to nonunion employees for union-provided representation and grievance services. Employees covered by an existing contract cannot opt out of paying union fees until the contract expires.

Here's how Northwest Indiana's lawmakers voted on House Bill 1001.

Indiana Senate approved legislation in a 28-22 vote Wednesday.

Yes: Brandt Hershman, R-Wheatfield

No: Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte; Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso; Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake; Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond; Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago; Earline Rogers, D-Gary; Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes

Indiana House approved legislation in a 54-44 vote on Jan. 25

Yes: Don Lehe, R-Brookston

No: Charlie Brown, D-Gary; Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster; Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte; Chet Dobis, D-Merrillville; Earl Harris, D-East Chicago; Linda Lawson, D-Hammond; Chuck Moseley, D-Portage; Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City; Vernon Smith, D-Gary; Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso; Dan Stevenson, D-Highland; Shelli VanDenburgh, D-Crown Point

Here's how state and national leaders responded to Indiana's new right-to-work law:

House Democratic leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend: "I am sure there will be great pleasure in the boardrooms of Indiana's largest corporations at the Republican decision to make "right-to-work-for-less" the law of the land in this state. They are about to see their profits swell. No longer will they have to worry about paying decent wages, providing just benefits or even whether or not their places of business are safe."

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis: "We are in the heart of the industrial Midwest, and we are already getting looks from employers in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and other states due to the passage of this legislation. I announced that our number one priority this session was to bring jobs to Indiana, and the passing of this bill has resulted in a victory for all Hoosiers."

Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar: "This is the latest in a long line of actions to help make Indiana one of the most attractive climates for business relocations and expansions. Hoosier workers also will have the choice now of whether or not to join a union. People in Indiana and across the country recognize the critical importance of such a freedom of choice."

Democratic candidate for governor John Gregg: "It's time to move beyond this divisive issue. Indiana needs a governor and a Legislature that show up for work every day and works together with one focus — creating jobs, whether it's for a union or nonunion workplace. Because in the end, it doesn't matter if you're in a union or not — if you get laid off, you're not bringing home a paycheck."

Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott: "Sadly, the passage of this bill not only means that workers' rights and ability to collectively bargain will be significantly weakened, it means that strong-arm tactics, misinformation and big money have won at the Indiana Statehouse. Independent, fact-based assessments of the economic impact of this legislation were dismissed in favor of stories, promises and unsubstantiated claims by out-of-state special interest groups."

National Right-To-Work Committee President Mark Mix: "After a 10-year struggle involving hundreds of thousands of mobilized Hoosiers, Indiana will finally be able to enjoy all the benefits of a right-to-work law. The right-to-work law will free nearly 200,000 Hoosiers who have been forced to pay tribute to a union boss for the privilege of getting up every day and going to work so they can provide for their families."

Republican candidate for governor Mike Pence: "Making Indiana the 23rd right-to-work state in America is a victory for economic freedom and Hoosier workers. I commend Gov. Mitch Daniels, Speaker Brian Bosma, Senate President David Long and all those in the Indiana General Assembly who took a courageous and principled stand for workers' rights. Ensuring freedom in the workplace will make Indiana an even better place to do business and help create new jobs for Hoosiers."

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