INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Union members are rallying at the Indiana Statehouse
ahead of a 2012 session set to be dominated by “right-to-work” legislation.
Protesters filled the hallways outside the House and Senate chambers Tuesday
ahead of the General Assembly’s largely ceremonial Organization Day sessions
in the afternoon. Some carried signs calling “right to work” a lie.
Lawmakers will begin their 2012 session in early January.
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma and Republican Senate President Pro Tem
David Long said Monday that passing “right-to-work” legislation will be
their top priority next year. The measure would ban unions and businesses
from adopting contracts requiring workers pay fees to the unions for
House Democrats staged a five-week walkout this year to block the measure
although new fines make a repeat less likely.