Legislators Head To Indy For Organization Day, Right-to-Work 2012's Hot Issue

By Maureen Mespell
By Scott Sarvay

November 22, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 9:34 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Indiana General Assembly could see a repeat of the protests that dogged the statehouse early this year.

State lawmakers gathered Tuesday for the annual "Organization Day" to prepare for the start of the new legislative session in January.

The top priority for republicans is passing a "right-to-work" bill which prohibits requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

Outside the statehouse, about 1,000 people protested the plan, saying it will drive down wages.

United Steel Workers Union member Gary Bender says, “The right to work for less is unacceptable in this state or any state.//right to work for less is not something the people who work in Indiana deserve."

Supporters say right to work will make Indiana more attractive to bigger businesses and bring new jobs.

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