Will the Pen be Mightier than the Sword on RTW?

By Rachel Martin

January 22, 2012 Updated Jan 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A local church participates in a state-wide letter writing campaign to urge State Legislators to drop the Right To Work issue.

Could the pen prove mightier than the sword this time around? Churches across the state are taking a stand on Right To Work by writing protest letters. To some, letter writing is a thing of the past, but not to the few who gathered at St. John Lutheran Church Sunday afternoon.

“This makes more sense to me to call it the 'Right To Freeload',” said Jane Gresham, a congregational member of St. John and organizer of the local letter writing event. “Where else can you go and pay nothing and get something? No where! Let's be honest about what this really is. It's an attempt to break the Unions.”

Gresham says people who've never contacted Legislators can do so through an old fashioned, hand written letter.

“Anytime ordinary citizens step out of their comfort zone and do something a little different, it improves the process for democracy,” she said.

Cheryl Hitzemann of Fort Wayne, is writing to stand up for those who might be afraid to speak out against the legislation in fear of retaliation.

“I was at an event a couple weeks ago where people were being encouraged to complete post cards to their Representatives and Senators. One young woman said, 'Will my employer see this?' And, she was genuinely concerned that she might lose her job if her employer knew she was opposed to the Right To Work legislation,” Hitzemann said.

Democrats say they'll return to the House floor to present a new referendum on Monday. The new referendum will allow the bill to become law approximately two days before the November election. But, voters will have the final say on Election Day. That vote will determine whether it remains law or will be repealed. Democrats say this referendum is constitutional and Republicans should support it.




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