Daniels Says More Information Needed On Right-to-work Bill

Governor Mitch Daniels says he needs more information before deciding whether to get behind right-to-work legislation.

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Governor Mitch Daniels says he talking to legislators and people on both sides of the right to work issue before deciding whether to throw his support behind it.

Supporters and opponents of a right-to-work law are gearing up for Tuesday’s ceremonial opening of the General Assembly.

This year, Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott says legislators should take a cue from Ohio voters’ rejection of a ban on collective bargaining for government employees.

“People from all political doctrines — self-identified independents, self-identified conservatives, people from union and nonunion households, people from all across the educational spectrum — stood up and called for an end to these attacks on working people,” she says.

Daniels argued the ban on requiring workers to pay at least a portion of union dues would create jobs.

“You read that report, it certainly confirms something we’ve known: that it does cost us shots at job opportunities,” he says. “I happen to not agree with their logic, but a lot of companies simply will not look at us for that reason.”

A study committee held hearings throughout the summer, then released a report recommending passage, but the governor says he is not throwing his weight behind the bill until he gathers more information.

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