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Indiana closer to ousting labour unions

Republican lawmakers in Indiana have passed legistation prohibiting labour contracts requiring works to pay union fees.


February 2, 2012
by The Canadian Press

INDIANAPOLIS—Lawmakers in Indiana voted to pass legislation prohibiting labour contracts requiring workers to pay union representation fees.

Indiana will be the first state in a decade to enact a so-called “right-to-work law,” although few states with the legislation in place boast Indiana’s union clout, borne of a long manufacturing legacy.

The move is likely to encourage national right-to-work advocates who have unsuccessfully pushed the measure in other states following a Republican sweep of statehouses in 2010.

Republicans have pushed for other anti-union laws in several industrial states where many of the country’s manufacturing jobs reside, but have faced backlash from Democrats and union supporters.

Wisconsin’s Republican-dominated assembly passed a similar law backed by Gov. Scott Walker in March, stripping nearly all collective bargaining rights from public-sector unions.

Walker is now preparing for a recall election after opponents turned in a million signatures aimed at forcing a vote and ousting him from office. In November, Ohio voters repealed a law limiting collective bargaining rights that was championed by Gov. John Kasich and fellow Republican lawmakers.