Friday, January 7, 2011

Right to work for less can happen in IN -- and ME and WI and NH and MO....

Newly elected politicians are mounting a broad attack on unions in nearly every state in the country. Generally, these politicians are friendly to corporations because corporations got them elected.

The New York Times reported this week that elected officials
...from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and politics.

If you think it can't happen in your state, think again.

New York's new governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, froze government workers' salaries. Lawmakers in at least 10 states plan to introduce right-to-work-for-less legislation. Ohio's  new Republican governor, John Kasich, wants to ban strikes by public school teachers. California’s new Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, said he'll review what benefits government workers get. Wisconsin's new Republican governor, Scott Walker, said he'll take away public service employees' right to form a union and bargain contracts. 

Indiana lawmakers have already sent a bill banning project labor agreements and two right-to-work-for-less bills to committee, according to The Times in Indiana. You can read House Bill 1028 here, House Bill 1043 here and House Bill 1067 here.

Check out the Bad for Indiana website. It has a ton of information, including a power point presentation and video on "The Truth About Right to Work in Indiana, updates on the bills' progress, a paper how workers in the 22 right-to-work-for-less-states earn 6.5 percent less than other states.