State's right-to-work fight set to go national

2012-01-23T20:00:00Z 2012-02-11T03:49:39Z State's right-to-work fight set to go nationalBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
January 23, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels' national television appearance Tuesday, giving the Republican response to the president's State of the Union address, will be followed on many stations by footage of Daniels saying he opposes a right-to-work law.

The Indiana AFL-CIO has purchased commercial time before and after Daniels' speech on Indiana stations as well as CNN and MSNBC to air an ad featuring Daniels' 2006 speech to the Teamsters Union.

During that speech, Daniels said he did not support changes to Indiana's labor laws and "certainly not a right-to-work law."

Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott said the ad shows Daniels has sacrificed his Hoosier values for national attention.

"He has gone from opposing partisan right-to-work legislation that he said was bad for Indiana to flip-flopping on the issue now that he's more interested in becoming a right-wing darling and doing the bidding of his undisclosed donors," Guyott said.

Daniels has said he now supports right-to-work because of the state's weak job growth following the 2008 economic slump.

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