Local Groups Rally Against Right To Work Legislation

By Maureen Mespell
By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

January 3, 2012 Updated Jan 3, 2012 at 6:57 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Proposed "right to work" legislation comes under fire at a labor rally held in Fort Wayne.

Union officials are dead set against "right to work" passing in the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly, and on Tuesday, they used the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 166 Union Hall on Ludwig Road as a venue to send a clear message about their opposition to the concept.

In early 2011, union sympathizers converged on the statehouse, carrying signs denouncing "right to work".

The same issue sparked a five-week walkout by House Democrats, who feared Republicans in control of the legislature would try to push the issue to a vote.

Governor Mitch Daniels believes it’s time for Indiana to become the 23rd state to ban businesses and private unions from negotiating contracts that require workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Daniels insists many companies don't even consider Indiana for new plant locations because we don't have "right to work", putting the Hoosier state at a competitive disadvantage in landing jobs.

But organizers of the Tuesday afternoon labor rally say states that have adopted similar legislation have experienced decreased wages and increased work place injuries.

Speaker of the House, Brian Bosma, indicates he wants to put “right to work” on a fast track to passage during the General Assembly short session, which begins January 4th.

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