Right to Work Could Dominate 2012 Session

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says he will not back down from his pledge to make right-to-work a priority.

Brian Bosma

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House Speaker Brian Bosma addresses other legislators in the Indiana statehouse.

The issue of Right to Work legislation dominated the conversation as the Indiana General Assembly officially began its 2012 session Tuesday.

Speaker Brian Bosma did not back down from his pledge that right-to-work legislation will be the key focus of the upcoming session.

“We need to do whatever’s necessary to attract more employers to our state and having the difficult discussions that will result and get us there,” he says.

Last session, House Democrats staged a five-week walkout after a right-to-work bill was brought to the floor. Republicans instituted automatic one thousand dollar fines assessed to any legislators absent without excuse for more than three consecutive days that will be in place for the upcoming session.

House Democratic Leader Pat Bauer says he is not worried about fines.

“We’ re worried about what’s going to happen to the people of this state when they have to do minimum wage jobs to make the rich richer,” he says.

Bauer says House Democrats will decide on any action once right-to-work is officially introduced. The legislature will begin its work in January.

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Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Bauer should know that despite the claim that ending forced unionization would drive wages down, there’s little to evidence to support that being the case. Usually there’s little movement in wages one way or another, and if anything, after controlling for a cost of living adjustment, research shows workers in right-to-work states have, if anything, slightly higher wages (http://eng.am/uq7nrk).

    The Democratic Party is worried about the lost lobbying dollars they’ll lose from unions because in states that move to right-to-work, union membership inevitably declines. Union membership fell 15 percent after Idaho and Oklahoma passed right-to-work laws (http://eng.am/uq7nrk).

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