INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bills filed in the Indiana House that would ban workers
from being required to pay union dues could spark a debate so divisive that
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels wants to avoid the issue.
The so-called right-to-work legislation has been filed by Republicans who
gained a House majority in the November election. Labor committee chairman
Doug Gutwein of Francesville says he supports such a law but doesn’t know
yet whether the committee will consider it.
Democratic Rep. Dennis Tyler of Muncie tells The Courier-Journal of
Louisville that he believes such laws drive down wages and that Democrats
will fight it.
Daniels says he believes the proposal has merit but worries that bringing it
up could hurt the chances of action on other issues during the legislative
session that starts next week.