Goodnight: Right-to-work A “Heart Attack” Unions Must Use

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says the bill is a wake-up call of sorts for unions, who must adapt to any changes it brings.

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Kokomo's mayor says he is not in favor of right-to-work, but says the unions it will affect may be able to spin it in their favor.

A current mayor and former union leader says passage of right-to-work legislation would force labor groups to modernize.

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, speaking on WFIU’s “Ask the Mayor,” just hours before the bill passed the Indiana House, says he’s not in favor of the legislation, but concedes unionized labor could use the changes as a push to alter how they do business.

“Sometimes you have to have that heart attack or something that makes you change your lifestyle or focus on things a little differently,” Goodnight says.

Goodnight, a former steel union president, says he does not feel unions in Kokomo have become complacent, but says right-to-work might cause current leaders to think about expanding their membership to more shops in an effort to cover the loss in membership the bill forecasts. Under the law, employees at union workplaces would not be required to pay union dues if they didn’t want to be in a union.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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