Governor Speaks Out On Right To Work Adoption By House

By Jeff Neumeyer

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- People against “right to work” are “unduly alarmed” over passage of the bill by the Indiana House.

That comment was made Thursday by Indiana’s Governor during a visit to a Fort Wayne high school.

Mitch Daniels said at Concordia Lutheran High School that he is relieved by the bill’s progress, but he said that Hoosiers without jobs right now are the ones who should be most relieved.

The Governor visited Concordia to speak to students and parents about the new school voucher program.

But reporters were intent in turning the focus on “right to work”.

The Governor says he expects the bill to be on his desk for a signature by the middle of next week.

The issue has riled union supporters.

Some were at Concordia with protest signs.

We have confirmation that non-specific threats were made against some legislators regarding the “right to work” issue, and some lawmakers’ homes have been kept under police guard as a precaution.

Gov. Mitch Daniels/(R) Indiana: " There have been some, I'll say, aggressive tactics and some reason to be concerned, that something could get out of hand. I hope it'll dissipate rather quickly now."

Tom Lewandowski/N.E. Ind. Central Labor Council: " And we want him to start shooting straight with people, and treating workers with respect. We've got to get beyond this way of treating folks."

Daniels says he expects protesters will exercise their free speech rights at the Super Bowl.

But he does not think the protests will be any bigger than those held last year in Arizona over illegal immigration.

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