Angola Business Hosts Right to Work Town Hall

By Max Resnik

January 14, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 3:53 AM EDT

ANGOLA, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – An Angola business hosted a Right to Work town hall Saturday afternoon.

In attendance from the State Legislature was 13th District State Sen. Sue Glick (R), who for the most part, was met with heavy opposition by current and former union members from a range of trades.

Corkie Van was one town hall participant in opposition of Right to Work at In a Flash Photography. He says Right to Work does nothing more to Hoosiers than destroy unions.

“It’s just an attempt to weaken unions. That’s the only thing it is.”

Glick says she understands why so many union members are upset with the proposed Right to Work legislation.

"They feel like this is a threat to their way of life and to their very existence as employees and they're very concerned about what's going to happen."

Under Right to Work, it is illegal for employers to force their employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Glick also said that while she understands the worries union members have, she also says Right to Work is about getting the 9 percent of unemployed Hoosiers back to work.

“For all these individuals who are working that were sitting in the room today, there are 9 percent of the people in this state who are not working, and that's not counting the ones who have not exhausted their benefits. And the opportunity to bring more jobs to this state and to bring good paying jobs to this state cannot be overlooked."

Van says he does not buy the idea that Right to Work serves as an attractor for business.

"I don't believe it. That's a simple thing. I don't believe it at all. I don't believe companies come because of Right to Work. And if they do, that's not the type of company we want."

Van says companies like General Motors, who are huge employers in the Northeast Indiana region, have little trouble expanding facilities and taking on new employees without Right to Work.

As for a referendum, Glick asks whether Indiana constituents trust the legislature or whether they would rather drag this fight out through November. She also says the ramifications of Right to Work legislation may not be known for upwards of 10 years.

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