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Updated on May 4, 2012
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Right-to-work in Indiana

With the Right-to-work bill passing the Republican-led Indiana House on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, many Hoosiers find themselves asking what does that mean for me? The state Senate has already passed an identical bill and Gov. Mitch Daniels is expected to sign it. GOP leaders assure us that it will help to stimulate the economy and bring new jobs to Indiana, though many are skeptical. If the bill becomes law Indiana will become the first of the upper Midwest states to become a "right to work" state. The 22 other states that have adopted right-to-work laws have seen little if any positive results, and with unions already on the fall their future in Indiana looks bleak.

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It would appear that most Hoosiers are opposed to the bill, but since when did the opinions of the general public become important to elected political officials. The likely outcome when compared to the results of the other right-to-work states will be a few more jobs, but with less pay and benefits for all. It would seem that the only people who will benefit from this bill will be wealthy business owners, which are the important votes in the eyes of politicians. It is truly sad when elected officials value the ideas of their contributors over those of the majority.

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    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      cprice75, I think unions are especially important now as many employers are back to treating employees with no respect, and blaming it on the poor economy. Jobs that paid $15 bucks an hour 10 years ago are now paying minimum wage, at least here in Indiana. I can only imagine how it will be once the unions are snuffed out. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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      cprice75 

      6 years ago from USA

      Before unions, some workers in West Virginia coal fields did not even get a cash wage. They lived in company-owned houses, shopped at company-owned stores, and had to go into debt for their tools. Some people argue that labor laws are different now, but I argue that such laws can be changed, especially if the wealthy that pay for elections want to do away with them. There are already attempts at doing away with child labor laws in a couple of states. I wrote a hub on right-to-work (for pennies) related to South Carolina that you may be interested in. A lack of unions does not necessarily lead to more jobs and definitely does not lead to higher wages.

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      shea duane, I have never been a member of a union, even though I was in the masonry industry for 15 years, I just couldn't imagine not being allowed to work until the laborers brought me my supplies. If they were behind for whatever reason I had no problem mixing a batch of mortar or carrying my own stone or brick to where it was needed. That being said I still see the need for unions to help keep the balance in check. Why should a company make huge profits while they pay workers nearly nothing to work in unsafe conditions with no real benefits. Thanks for stopping and have a great day.

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      shea duane 

      6 years ago from new jersey

      Fantastic hub! and I agree... names matter. As I said as an answer to a recent Hub question, people have forgotten why unions were necessary.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      UnnamedHarald, There is a lot of suggestive power in the title given to something and it doesn't always reflect the content thereafter. I agree that Unions are the lesser of the two evils between them and corporations. I suppose only time will tell of the consequences of this new law. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      phdast7, I probably need to take a moment and update this Hub in the near future. I appreciate your stopping by and for your wonderful comments as always.

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      David Hunt 

      6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      I love the way they twist the names of the laws they pass. They are "Right to Fire" laws.

      There's plenty of problems with unions, but by God, we need them as a counterweight against the corporations.

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      dmop - Important Hub. Thank you for speaking out.

      (1) It is tragic that the will of the people in Indiana has been ignored by the elected officials sworn to represent them. This decision benefits big business not the every-day working man.

      (2) Georgia is unfortunately a right-to-work state and it had not been of benefit to us, or brought properity or anything else that was promised by the politicians. It is very problematic.

      (3) Are there problems and abuses with some unions? Yes,. But the answer should be to improve and clean up unions, not get rid of them altogether.

      (4) Aside from all the suffering and dislocation caused by the recession, big banks and Wall Street, I am always astonished that so few people realize that "REAL WAGES" for the average worker and the lower Middle class have not increased in 25 years...while the wealth or the top 1% and 5% has continued to grow.

      Thank you for this essay. SHARING

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