Terre Haute Mayor Wants More Facts On Right To Work

Terre Haute’s mayor says he needs more facts before deciding whether to support Right to Work legislation favored by fellow Republicans at the Statehouse.

Duke Bennett

Photo: City of Terre Haute

Duke Bennett says he hasn't been told of any companies which won't invest in Indiana without Right to Work.

Speaking on WFIU’s “Ask the Mayor,” Duke Bennett said he needed more information before he could take a side on the issue.  The mayor points to one talking point offered by proponents that he’s been unable to substantiate – that companies aren’t investing in Indiana because it’s not a Right to Work state.

“We’re not experiencing that here in Terre Haute.  We’re not having anybody telling us that they’re not coming to Terre Haute because we don’t have Right to Work,” Bennett says.

The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce supports the law, but interim president Bob Quatroche says the policy committee which decided the organization’s position also did not have the name of any company which passed over the city or the state because no Right to Work statute was in place.

“What they felt, obviously, in terms of what was provided to them by their sources in Indianapolis – that it was sufficient for them to move forward,” Quatroche says. “Even though they did not and we were not provided, to the best of my recollection, the name of any companies that you’re referring to that might have said ‘we’re not coming to Indianapolis because it’s not a Right to Work state.”

Quatroche says the Chamber’s position was largely decided based on information provided to it by the state Chamber, which has issued position papers supporting such a law.

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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  • Anonymous

    When we change the laws to compel businesses to provide services or benefits to their clientele without compensation, then we should look into forcing labor into the same legal financial structure. Of course there will be the objection that asking a business to operate under such uncertain conditions is irresponsible and ridiculous. If that argument is true for business organizations, then why would labor be put into that position. They should not, it is that simple. If you are so wedded to the ideology that you believe in individual liberty above all else, simply come out for changing the federal law that stipulates that every member of a Union bargaining Unit receive the exact same representation and services. Otherwise, drop the hypocritical baloney that is Right To Work.

  • Anonymous

    Representative Heaton needs to oppose Right To Work and is from this area, or at least support the referendum, call him if you are in his district, and oppose Right To Work23 minutes ago · Like

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