Amidst pro-labor rallies in the statehouse, the House Labor committee passed a Right to Work bill to the full House Monday.
In a committee room packed with pro-labor activists, the House Employment, Labor and Pensions committee heard testimony Monday about a Right to Work bill that would allow workers to choose whether or not to join a union. Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce President Mike Landram spoke in support of the legislation. He said the Right to Work bill will strengthen the Indiana economy.
“Our organization supports this bill because we view this as an economic development tool. We think this will help create jobs that Indiana desperately and urgently needs right now.”
But the hundreds of union laborers who came out to protest disagree. Jerome Davison is vice president of the Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor and a United Steelworkers member. He said Right to Work weakens unions and drives down wages.
“Show me where in a right to work state in a basic manufacturing, in a basic steel industry that they make more than I do. Show me right now; none of them can show me that.”
The committee passed the bill by an eight to five vote.