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Governor Says Ohio Bargaining Vote Won’t Affect Indiana

Ohio votes struck down a law Tuesday that would have curbed collective bargaining rights in the state.

Governor Mitch Daniels says Tuesday’s vote in Ohio to reject a collective bargaining law will not have an impact on his decision to support Right to Work legislation in the upcoming legislative session.

Daniels says he supports the concept of Right to Work legislation, which would restrict unions from charging dues to non-members in union shops. Daniels says he has not decided whether to lobby the legislature for passage of a Right to Work bill, but the Ohio vote won’t impact that decision.

“I mean, that was all about government unions,” he says. “It was about firefighters and policemen and teachers. That would have nothing to do with the bill we’re talking about here, which is all about the private sector and jobs.”

Daniels says the Ohio vote was the result of millions of special interest dollars pouring into the state, and he anticipates the same response here.

“Calm reason and frankly the courage of one’s convictions would be the right way to respond to all the millions of dollars and likely intimidation tactics,” he says.

In a statement, AFL-CIO Indiana president Nancy Guyott said the Ohio result should serve as a wake-up call to Indiana legislators that attacks on unions will not be tolerated by Hoosiers.

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