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Indiana Becomes 23rd ‘Right to Work’ State

From an irate (but going broke because of their union contracts) New York Times:

Indiana Governor Signs a Law Creating a ‘Right to Work’ State

By MONICA DAVEY
February 1, 2012

Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, who had once said that he did not wish to add a “right to work” provision to the state’s labor laws, signed a bill on Wednesday doing just that.

What a dirty liar Gov. Daniels is. (Except that he and most of the Republicans ran on making Indiana a ‘right to work’ state.)

The legislation, which bars union contracts from requiring non-union members to pay fees for representation, makes Indiana the first state in more than a decade to enact right to work legislation and the only one in the Midwestern manufacturing belt to have such a law.

Which could mean that Indiana is now firmly in the Republican voting column. Since there is a very close correlation between ‘right to work’ states and voting GOP. (See map above.) Though it’s already pretty reliably Republican.

Mr. Daniels, a Republican who is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election this year, signed the measure only hours after it cleared the Republican-held State Senate

It really is a shame the way Republicans let themselves be hamstrung by laws. Term limits never stopped Mayor Bloomberg from running for re-election.

[E]nding what had become a rancorous, partisan fight before the national spotlight of the Super Bowl arrives in Indianapolis on Sunday.

What a laugh. The Obama campaign and the unions and their stooges in the Occupy Wall Street ‘movement’ are already planning to raise holy hell at the Super Bowl. In fact, they have been raising hell all week in Indianapolis.

The bill, which takes effect immediately, makes Indiana the 23rd state in the nation with such a law

Elections really do have consequences. And they aren’t always bad.

It remained uncertain whether final approval of the bill would prevent union protests at events related to the Super Bowl, and on Wednesday thousands of union members and supporters marched, chanting in protest, from the Statehouse to Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of the football game

There is nothing uncertain about it. The ‘protesters’ have already been rented.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Indiana Becomes 23rd ‘Right to Work’ State”

  1. JohnMG

    This bill, which takes effect immediately, will be the focus of multiple lawsuits which will also be filed immediately. Trust the unions to find a sympathetic judge who will issue a temporary stay and the legislation will find itself in limbo until a recall election to oust Daniels is held.

    These union thugs are the most despicable of the despised sheeple. This one will bear watching……maybe more so than the Super Bowl. Let’s hope this victory for sanity starts a national movement.

  2. Astravogel

    Chanting? CHANTING?? The last refuge
    of the intellectually incompetent. Now all
    we need is WA, OR, or CA for a “sea to
    shining sea” of RTW states. Can a
    “Shining City on a Hill” be far behind?

    • David

      I am a grad student in Oregon and even we have a union! But it only covered teaching assistants and not research assistants so only TAs had to pay “far share” (ie. $30 bucks a month to feed pizza to other college kids). The university treats TAs and RA exactly the same so there really is no benefit to joining. They went around trying to get the RA to sign cards so we too could pay $30 bucks a month. I was approached 3 times about it and two of those three times the union rep tried to lie about issues to get me to sign. I am not sure there is much hope for freedom here in Oregon.

  3. tranquil.night

    Congrats to Mitchtoast and Indiana.

    Another state liberated!

  4. Astravogel

    David, my younger son is a RA at CU in Boulder. My older son & wife
    lived in Oregon. Love both States! Proud of you, too! It takes a lot to
    do what you do. Perhaps if union dues were lowered to their actual
    value (say $1) instead of what they’d love to have, you could consider
    joining one. It wasn’t for my wife and I, though. We didn’t need the
    artificial hostility engendered between ourselves and our supervisors.

  5. Mithrandir

    Discrimination / Injustice / Racism in “Right to Work” States….well, Florida anyway.

    Florida’s 90 day Probationary Period: http://www.peplans.com/90-day-probation.htm

    The 90-day probationary period is almost like an extended interview of the employee. Before the 90 days is over, you will have a much better understanding of the employee’s experience, abilities, and dependability.

    “Almost” is the operative word here. Which means, they can fire you for ANY reason within 90 days of employment. Black / white / Jewish / female / Nurse / Doctor / Teacher / CEO / Gay….anybody. (yes, they can, it’s backed by state law). Such is the life of a worker not protected by a union contract.

    LISTEN! If you are too stupid and incompetent to properly conduct an interview, you shouldn’t be granted an additional 90 days for your employees to walk on eggshells around you. Any usually the first 90 days are the most confusing and stressful to overcome. So that employer can yank you off the job, and hire the 2nd choice person, then the 3rd, and so on. FORGET training people, or giving them a fair chance, just fire people on a whim, ruin their lives….whatever….

    UNION CONTRACTS MEAN NOTHING You can still be fired within 90 days no matter what contract you sign with a union, THESE POLICIES GUT UNION POWER. For some of you that is a good thing, for others you may double think working in a right to work state, it’s not as clear-cut as it may imply.

    (+) SIDE You CAN treat people like yesterday’s garbage, and fire them WITHOUT CAUSE within 90 days (and depending on the area, they can be on probation for YEARS before they are given a protective contract). Union contracts, and unions mean nothing. Cost of doing business with public sector unions goes down…..way down.

    (-) SIDE You ARE treated like yesterday’s garbage. You have a revolving door of employees, professional or not, leaving and entering jobs. Little Hitlers can treat you however they want. No employment security for you or your family. Want to go into a hospital that perpetually has rookie nurses and doctors, b/c no regular staff member can survive beyond the 90 day probation period? Or would you rather have a staff with some years of experience behind them, and perhaps the expense of a union contract?

    SORRY TO PEE ON YOUR CAMPFIRE but if the name “Right to Work” sounds a little fishy to you, that’s because it is. Everyone has the right to work, but this twist of government semantics makes it sound like a panacea. Don’t be so blind by ideology that you don’t question a little more of the story. Unions for public professionals, teachers / fire / police, is a good thing, but of course it is totally ruined by the expense and the corruption of it all. Non-unionization of these professions has consequences as well, think about it.

    Look at the “Right to Work” map, and GOOGLE IMAGE: “states education rankings”

    …..It’s a mixed bag of results. No one can declare a right or non-right to work state is better for education. There is never a middle ground these days, it’s either one extreme or the other.

    • JohnMG

      Mith, that’s total bullshit. I’ve belonged to a union for over 43 years and I’ve walked both sides of the issue. The only reason I’ve ‘belonged’ is because I DON’T live in a right-to-work state and if you’re going to conduct a construction business here and you opt out, you’re effectively frozen out. My brother, who returned from service in ’74 and wanted to go to work for my Dad (his employer) wasn’t allowed to join the union because….”We’ve got too many guys sitting on the bench”.

      Keep in mind, my dad had 9 other guys already working, and wasn’t laying anyone off to make a spot for my brother. Guess what? Brother’s wife’s uncle, who was running work for a local union outfit on a job in Iowa told him to go to Iowa, and he’d hire him there which he did. After 30 days on the job, he transferred his membership back here to Missouri.

      All for one–One for all? Bullshit, again. If you think these union goons have anyone’s welfare but their own at heart, I’ll gladly sell you a bridge. All employees have protections against wrongful dismissal and against all sorts of discrimination through the NLRB. But get on the wrong side of a union, and see how much they will protect you. Kiss their ass and suck up to them–in other words, check your principles at the door–and you’ll do just fine……….maybe

      We’ve been hearing how we should vote to keep this poseur in the White House for ten months already now and the campaign hasn’t even heated up yet. People in my local won’t speak their mind for fear they won’t be hired for any of the jobs that are available if they don’t toe the union line politically. I’ve seen it repeatedly over the years. The unions here are scared to death what will happen should Right-to-Work happen here.

      Here’s another thing you might consider. I no longer have any employees. It is insanity to do so and operate on the smaller scale I’ve had to do because of this economy. But since I don’t have employees, they receive no supplemental dues I’m required to “check off” and send to our ‘District Council’. That check-off is 3% of gross earnings, direct to the union, on a journeyman’s approximately $42/hr. earnings. You do the math. Bottom line is, my union “brothers” in the leadership won’t even give me a heads-up as to upcoming work that I may bid on. Not secure for me–but BID on, because if I’m successful there won’t be any additional money going to them. Brotherhood my ass!

      Lately, with so many members out of work, they are out here hustling the smaller work I typically do. They are working for $25/hr. cash money plus collecting $300/week in unemployment benefits. They carry no liability insurance, no worker’s compensation insurance, pay no taxes on the ilicit earnings, and undercut the market I rely on for my living, while I’m required to play by the rules. They aren’t supposed to do this, but two of them I know are officials in our local union and are even advertizing in our weekly newspaper. This is in direct violation of the union’s own by-laws, but these are suck-ball officials of our local for whom the rules evidently don’t apply. And yes, our Council authorities ARE aware of it, because I’ve shown our business agent the ads and phone numbers. Guess what? They don’t like me because I point out their own duplicity.

      So, you’re telling me that free-market forces don’t work in Right-to-Work states, but they do in those where people don’t have an option? That’s a real stretch. Monopolies really suck as does Communism. And that’s all a union is.

      May every one of them rot in hell.

      P.S. Here’s a little footnote to the story of my Dad. A few years later when he tried to get another of my brothers into the union, they told him the same thing. Too many guys out of work (thanks to Mr. Carter.) He was down to seven employees then. When they refused to lean his way he told them he was going to work him anyway…..and he did. Some “good union man” reported him and he was called before the Executive Board for discipline–and a fine–for being in violation of his agreement with the union to only employ ‘union employees’. He once again told them he wasn’t laying anyone off to make a spot for my brother, but that as one of his sons, he would likely be an employer himself some day. He also told them he hadn’t seen the color of the man who could tell him who he could employ and not employ. But they told him he’d still have to pay the fine.

      Evidently they didn’t believe messing with a WW II Marine veteran was any big deal. I was there at his hearing and witnessed this first hand. He took his card out and tore it up in front of them and threw it on the table in front of them. Then he told them to wipe their ass with it. And another thing. Those seven guys he had working for him? He told the E-board to find jobs for them. They didn’t bat an eye. Do you really think those officials cared about those guys? Riiiiiight.

      The only thing I regret is that I didn’t follow his example at the time.

    • Mithrandir

      I apologize, for the broad brushstroke, I should have just pinpointed Florida, and there is nothing bullsh*t about that situation at all, my neice’s husband lived it.

      I have been on both sides as well, part of a union, and non-union. Both suck. I have had union protection, and I have seen the union not give a crap. I have been non-union and been cheated, lied to, fired, salary withheld, injured without medical treatment, exploited without protection.

      It’s possible to solve this issue with public unions if people wouldn’t oscillate between 2 extreme choices:

      1. Have guaranteed protections against crazy people making accusations. Police / fire / teachers have every nut in the world complaining about their conduct. It should NOT be, as it is now, a contract protecting incompetence. Give people time to adjust to their jobs, give them 3 strikes, move on to the next candidate. Too often leaders can’t stand the heat, get tired of arguing, and just fire whatever employee is causing them grief via an angry parent, angry customer, angry member of the public.

      2. Initiate a grading rubric, that washes out those unfit for service, similar to the special forces. Not everyone should be a police officer, teacher, judge. There are special characteristics that are needed: unusual patience, dedication to the constitution and law, good moral disposition. There are 10,000+ people in line for the same job, why not identify the bad apples to improve the profession?

      3. Salary cap. If you don’t like the salary, find another job. Public service jobs are just that, altruistic sacrifice for the public good. If you’re not in it for that, then why are you in it? There are 1000 ways to keep costs down. Perhaps in bad times, public workers’ salaries should match the economy? Maybe parents should pay out of pocket for sports, band, the arts etc?

      What we are left with is 2 extremes. 1) Expensive unions that have a mafia-like grip, are democrat donation machines, but also have basic protections workers desire. (Wisconsin fits that example) 2) Disposable humans with no protections, no dignity, no rights. (Florida fits that example)

      As I have often said, teachers are the dumbest people on campus. The professors are a close 2nd. Police and the courts are the most corrupt. But, if they are not given basic protections, they will form a union, and we are back to square one. Protect those that are talented and serve with honor, but have a system to get rid of those that were hiring mistakes, or have grown corrupt and jaded over the years.

      I provoke just to get a response most of the time, but really I’m with you. There are as many sides to an issue as there are minds thinking about it, not just that ridiculous mental prison, “There are 2 sides to every story.”

    • Mithrandir

      *UPDATE*
      Teacher can’t be fired for this tasteless F’book crack about kids, judge rules
      New York Post: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/l.....bfdek8OQmN

      A Brooklyn teacher — fired for posting snarky online comments suggesting her unruly students should drown — can go back to the classroom, a judge says.

      Nobody should be able to invade your private life, comments, emails, letters, private conversations, –report it back to your boss, –and have you lose your job over it. We are all covered under the 1st Amendment, and are allowed to have private lives. I don’t want to hear, (whiny voice) “But they are teachers, and they have a higher standard….” —oh stow it! This is exactly what I said up above, you MUST protect people and their rights, otherwise they will join a union, and the crap teachers can hide behind near impossible firing guidelines.

      Like the article said, if they had just scolded or reprimanded the teacher, that would have been enough, and it seems that after all this rigamarole, that’s what will happen anyway. What a waste of time and effort with this childish junk. Yeah she’s a horrible person, but after spending time in the teacher’s lounge, she only wrote down what the teachers say every dang day out loud.

  6. Anonymoose

    Despite all they try to do, Unions are declining. They never caught on with white collar workers aside from teachers and government workers, and more blue collar jobs reject them.

    As John said they serve only themselves, not the workers. It’s no longer brave employees ganging together to get safe working conditions and realistic pay—that probably hasn’t been true since the 1930’s.

    It’s a another power group that plays by it’s own rules and enforces it’s interests. Play with them or don’t play at all. People strike not because someone got killed on the job but because of some clause in a contract about money that only the bosses will see.

    The only job I ever worked at that had a union was a grocery store; where two departments had separate contracts and you had to watch anything you said or did with those departments unless they decided to strike. And as usual they spent half their time talking and watching all of us part-timer non-union people do all the work.

    The unions portray “right to work” as some evil thing where people can fire you for anything, even a bad haircut, and a lot of people buy into that not realizing it’s the unions saying it. Forget it, I’m all for right to work–give me people who’ll do the job over lazy union stewards any day..

  7. Astravogel

    An interesting juxtaposition; “I apologize for the broad brushstroke…”
    and “…teachers are the dumbest people on campus.” Perhaps a
    narrower brush might help make the point? The Republic seems to
    have gotten on rather well with all the sub-standard teachers alluded
    to in the post.


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