Daniels signs right-to-work legislation into law

posted at 11:00 am on February 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Indiana became the 23rd state to pass right-to-work laws that end the practice of closed shops and forced dues payments.  Mitch Daniels’ signature also makes Indiana the first Rust Belt state, long the locus of union political power, to adopt such laws.  As one might imagine, that decision didn’t come without a protest from the unions, which turned out to be futile:

Indiana became the 23rd state to pass anti-union “right-to-work” legislation on Wednesday and the first in the nation’s manufacturing heartland, dealing a blow to organized labor by allowing workers to opt out of paying union dues.

Indiana’s Republican governor Mitch Daniels signed the legislation into law immediately after it was given final approval in the state Senate, making Indiana the first state to adopt such a measure since Oklahoma did so a decade ago.

Daniels, governor since 2005 and a prominent spokesman for Republicans nationally, said he decided Indiana needed the controversial new law after several businesses decided to locate elsewhere.

“Seven years of evidence and experience ultimately demonstrated that Indiana did need a right-to-work law to capture jobs for which, despite our highly rated business climate, we are not currently being considered,” he said in a statement after signing the bill.

Union activists crowded into the state capitol in a scene reminiscent of Madison, Wisconsin from almost a year ago — but more orderly.  When they failed to intimidate the state Senate into rejecting the bill, they spilled outside for a rally that loudly condemned the passage of the bill:

Thousands of union members gathered inside the Statehouse chanted “Shame on you!” and “See you at the Super Bowl!” as the vote was announced. Thousands more amassed outside for a rally that spilled into the Indianapolis streets, already bustling with Super Bowl festivities, hoping to point a national spotlight on the state.

Indiana will be the first state in a decade to enact a right-to-work law, although few states with legislation in place boast Indiana’s union clout, borne of a long manufacturing legacy. The move is likely to embolden national right-to-work advocates who have unsuccessfully pushed the measure in other states following a Republican sweep of statehouses in 2010.

The local NBC affiliate gives a look at the protests:

Unions will get a chance to keep up the spectacle for a few days leading up to the Super Bowl, but then they face the dilemma I described yesterday. They now have three fronts on which to fight in 2012: Indiana, Wisconsin, and Arizona. That means that they have to split their resources to fight Republican reformers on bills that, at least in Wisconsin, produce results that end up making the people who pass them look pretty good to voters. Scott Walker now has a 51/46 approval rating in the Badger State in the face of a recall election, and among independents it’s even better at 54%. When polled against his likely recall opponents, Walker wins by between seven and eleven points. And here is how the reforms Walker initiated play in Wisconsin now:

• 74 percent favored and 22 percent opposed requiring state workers to pay more for pension and health benefits
• 66 percent favored and 32 percent opposed the state’s new voter ID law
• 48 percent favored and 47 percent opposed limiting state employee unions’ ability to bargain over benefits and non-wage issues
• 46 percent favored and 51 percent opposed the new law legalizing the possession of concealed weapons

Unions will have a difficult time winning that recall election, and now they have to take on two more states just as Barack Obama needs their undivided attention for the presidential election. They’re likely to spread themselves so thin that they risk losing across the board, especially in Wisconsin, where they may lose all credibility.


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Bleed the unions dry.

OhioCoastie on February 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The battle is set. PEU’s in WI are fighting back with a hack job on the Governor over some campaign stuff his staff had done. Ed, do you know anything about what’s going on with the “John Doe” case in WI?

dboley on February 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

One Step at a time….

Maddysdaddy on February 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

That’s right. Suck it, Indiana union thugs. Your days of tyranny are over!

sheesh on February 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

What about all those independents that are going to be offended?

angryed on February 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Another win for us. I hope the criminal unions are seeing the writing on the walls.

ObamatheMessiah on February 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Petitioners- start your engines !

FlaMurph on February 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Keep them doggies rolling…Rawhide!

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

This further proves the point. In 2012, donate to state/local candidates who can implement policies like this. Don’t give a dime to the RNC or the Romney machine.

angryed on February 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Ed –

Are there statistics from states who have gone “Right to Work” and the net result – as in workers paying dues going up or down by choice?

Odie1941 on February 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Jesus would approve.

SouthernGent on February 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

• 74 percent favored and 22 percent opposed requiring state workers to pay more for pension and health benefits
• 66 percent favored and 32 percent opposed the state’s new voter ID law
• 48 percent favored and 47 percent opposed limiting state employee unions’ ability to bargain over benefits and non-wage issues
• 46 percent favored and 51 percent opposed the new law legalizing the possession of concealed weapons

Huh?

Anyway, good job Daniels. I remember when he was getting called a traitor a year ago for putting off RTW legislation until this year so he could get the rest of his agenda passed.

LukeinNE on February 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The UAW is not ammused… LOL

Kuffar on February 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

And we in IL can only watch from afar and dream … as businesses pour across the state borders to the east and north …

stukinIL4now on February 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Every state that enacts right-to-work legislation pounds another nail into the coffin of union thuggery. Once the vast majority of states go this route, it’ll be time to outlaw government unions.

OhioCoastie on February 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Do these people hear themselves yelling, “NO RIGHT TO WORK! NO RIGHT TO WORK!”

princetrumpet on February 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

With all the gnashing of teeth over Right to Work, there are lots of unionized chemical plants and refineries (most of them) in states like Texas and Louisiana.

Kermit on February 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Now, if Daniels was in the presidential race when he signed this into law, he’d be the front-runner almost immediately.

Daniels for VP!

Aizen on February 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Really don’t get the Union ButtHurt…

other than taking away their right to legally extort money from people..

They didn’t outlaw unions..they just made it so you can’t be forced to join one.

BigWyo on February 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Michigan is slowly creeping forward on this. If this State goes for it, so does the Union.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Union/Liberal heads exploding. I can hear them from here in Texas.

Three or four more states getting similar laws in the pipeline, and the unions will be neutralized as a factor in the November elections.

So which states currently do not have right-to-work laws?

iurockhead on February 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

When they failed to intimidate the state Senate into rejecting the bill, they spilled outside for a rally that loudly condemned the passage of the bill:

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No intimidation – Because even THE WORKERS ALL KNOW, attracting non-ag jobs back to their state won’t happen unless they can compete with southern states to create the environment in Indiana that stops scaring away companies from moving or expanding there.

FlaMurph on February 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

The bad part about all of this is that it’s the public sector unions that are the real problem.

Yes, I would refuse to live in a closed shop state. I could not imagine being told I had to pay dues to a union whether I liked it or not. I would literally lose my mind on someone if that happened.

But the true problem with unions right now are the public sector unions. They’ve become a part of bureaucratic culture and getting rid of them will be one of the most difficult things this country will ever do.

But I applaud the advances made for individual liberty in the workforce that has been made these last few years.

ButterflyDragon on February 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Now just get rid of Davis Bacon prevailing wage.

BullShooterAsInElk on February 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Good job, and a big one for all the unemployed in Indiana who will now have a better shot at a job, and for all the businesses looking to expand there with less issue, and for the current employees who are forced to pay into unions who don’t want … and now have more money in their pocket to pay for other things in their lives.

I hope all the people who have given Daniels a hard time for not being conservative enough (what a joke) start to appreciate what a fine Governor he has been.

He, like Jindal and others, has been quietly getting it done for years, and is a model for effective reform. Not all at once, but one step at a time, solidly boosting his credibility and his mandate to go after bigger objectives each step of the way.

He sets out one narrow set of objectives at a time, achieves them, and then moves onto the next set. He doesn’t try to do too much at once. He lets the success of the last initiative play out to start the next set.

His approval rating is through the roof … yes, Indiana leans red, but his approval numbers go way beyond partisan numbers despite one of the most fiscally conservative governorships in the country.

PrincetonAl on February 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

What about all those independents that are going to be offended?

angryed on February 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Well, we wouldn’t want that.

squint on February 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Fantastic. I don’t give two sh!ts about the lame presidential race, but I love seeing our GOP governors and state legislators doing what they can to save America, state by state. We’re screwed as far as the WH, so we must focus on Governors, and on state and US legislators.

juliesa on February 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Mitch Daniels’ signature also makes Indiana the first Rust Belt state, long the locus of union political power, to adopt such laws.

Good for Indiana, and you folks who live there, get ready for the new invasion as Illinois and Michigan business swarm across your borders. I know that’s been happening somewhat since Daniels turned things around, but now your economy is going to skyrocket. Welcome to the Right to Work Club!

TXUS on February 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Awesome! One side benefit is that this will force the unions to divide their funding from the Wisconsin recall effort. Opening up an additional front forces them to spread their resources over more ground. Boom!

dczombie on February 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Really don’t get the Union ButtHurt…

BigWyo on February 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

They want to keep their monopoly. And the unioners that support them are sheeple that don’t understand how much better it would be without the unions. Well, other than they would have to WORK HARDER since companies generally reward based on performance.

kirkill on February 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Republicans should make a federal right to work law a priority. No individual should be forced to join a Union and pay dues to causes they don’t believe in, and these kinds of laws are popular with the general public.

Also, I don’t buy the “federalist” argument against federal right to work laws, especially since most of these Unions operate on a national basis across state lines. If we can have a federal minimum wage we can have a federal right to work law, I’m tired of conservatives that want to fall on their own sword.

A national right to work law would be an ENORMOUS blow to the Left in this country.

BradTank on February 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

They didn’t outlaw unions..they just made it so you can’t be forced to join one.

BigWyo on February 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Well,…there you go.

a capella on February 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Please homeland Hoosiers, don’t #@%* up my Super Bowl!!!///
:p

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 2, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Wonder if these laws apply to public employees too. That’s a big source of campaign donations mandatory union fees.

PattyJ on February 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Another win for us. I hope the criminal unions are seeing the writing on the walls.

ObamatheMessiah on February 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Not me, I hope they continue their crooked ways right up to the moment they are broadsided with a blow they will never recover from.

8thAirForce on February 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Tee hee

cmsinaz on February 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM

He, like Jindal and others, has been quietly getting it done for years, and is a model for effective reform. Not all at once, but one step at a time, solidly boosting his credibility and his mandate to go after bigger objectives each step of the way.

He sets out one narrow set of objectives at a time, achieves them, and then moves onto the next set. He doesn’t try to do too much at once. He lets the success of the last initiative play out to start the next set.

His approval rating is through the roof … yes, Indiana leans red, but his approval numbers go way beyond partisan numbers despite one of the most fiscally conservative governorships in the country.

PrincetonAl on February 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

This is why I really wanted a red or swing state governor for president. Perry, Jindal (when he’s older), Daniels, even Pawlenty would be better than the mishmash of congressscritters + Governor Obamneycare we have running now.

juliesa on February 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Smiling here in Wis.
Good job Indy.

JimboHoffa on February 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Michigan is slowly creeping forward on this. If this State goes for it, so does the Union.

Karl Magnus on February 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Welcome to the club Indiana!

As for Michigan, forget about it. Unions are too much in the DNA of both the state laws and too many idiots who truly think that they owe their very survival to the teachers’ union, SEIC, or UAW.

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Bleed the unions dry.

OhioCoastie on February 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

It’s their turn

rich801 on February 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Atta boy, Hoosiers!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM

But the true problem with unions right now are the public sector unions. They’ve become a part of bureaucratic culture and getting rid of them will be one of the most difficult things this country will ever do.ButterflyDragon on February 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Step at a time. Walker’s results in WI serve as a model. When people have a gold standard for cost comparison, things will move along a little faster.

a capella on February 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I’m voting for Mr. Brokered Convention in the Republican Primaries in the hopes that the convention turns to Daniels and he changes his mind and runs.

PackerBronco on February 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Unions have their uses.

Forcing non-members to pay dues isn’t one of them.

But non members then shouldn’t get any of the bennies that unions negotiate.

Otherwise they’re freeloading.

profitsbeard on February 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

GOP governors, saving America, one state at a time. I LOVE it!

juliesa on February 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

And there goes Illinois further into the crapper. HAHAHAHAHA

Bishop on February 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

This further proves the point. In 2012, donate to state/local candidates who can implement policies like this. Don’t give a dime to the RNC or the Romney machine.

angryed on February 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Exactly. No matter who is running for president, we need to be out in force on election day putting conservative legislators into office.

As long as we can pick up seats in the House and the Senate, I don’t care who is elected president. (Though, I would prefer Congress rein in the regulatory power of the Executive Branch. Previous Congresses have been lazy and ceded their responsibilities to bureaucrats that answer to the Executive Branch.)

ButterflyDragon on February 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Bleed the unions dry.

OhioCoastie on February 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Just bleed them of unwilling members. And as for hurting unions, in most cases, they did it to themselves by not responding intelligently to foreign competition. Foreign competition doesn’t go away just because you ignore it.

RBMN on February 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Meanwhile in Minnesota our insane governor is working on a Right To Not Work bill which would require everyone to sit on their azz and get paid for it.

Bishop on February 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Leftist Heads Exploding in the Comments at the link.

First one Voice of Sanity chips in, correctly noting that

Unions had their place, but they jumped the shark years ago with:

1. Stringent rules about not doing anything that was not specifically stated as a job duty

2. Slowing down manufacturing times to keep daily quota’s from increasing. Often pressuring new, motivated workers to work slower so they don’t mess things up for the lazy workers that don’t want to work hard.

3. Protection of incompetent workers by making them extremely hard to fire.

4. Demands for pay/benefit increases even when the companies they work for are in financial distress.

5. Being more concern about collecting the P&W benefits from the companies than they are about their own member’s wages.

6. Stringent rules of job protection even after technology made certain jobs obsolete (such as 2 or 3 man crews when 1 is sufficient).

7. Requiring only union members be able to do certain tasks (such as plug in power cords at McCormick Place).

The list could go on but this is already more than enough to prove my point. These rules may have had some rational basis in the beginning, but have been abused so routinely that it’s made unions become the problem instead of the solution.

Union Thug Response?

Right off your photo-copied list from Rush LimpDrug’s website.

You RepubliTards are pathetic.

And yet more Union Love for the Hoosiers:

Kinda funny how the bumpkin yokels from Indiana and others South of the Mason-Dixon Line on this thread are cheering as if this action in Indiana was anything but a defeat for working-class people in America.

I guess the simpleton Baptist cracker trash that has kept the RepubliKLAN in office during these dreadful economic times actually enjoys being shat upon by their RepubliKLAN overlords and the corporate sponsors that enjoy the tax breaks and regulatory laxity that are granted to them by the RepubliKLAN pols that masquerade as fetus worshipping, gun-kissing kweer keeper-downers,

Guess you hillrods got just what you wanted – last in the class – just like your Pappy – just like your sons.

Del Dolemonte on February 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Please homeland Hoosiers, don’t #@%* up my Super Bowl!!!///
:p

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 2, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Well, that certainly wouldn’t make the unions more popular across the country. That won’t stop them, of course, but it sure would drum up some anti-union feelings.

iurockhead on February 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Anyway, good job Daniels. I remember when he was getting called a traitor a year ago for putting off RTW legislation until this year so he could get the rest of his agenda passed.

LukeinNE on February 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Great point. The reason he didn’t take on RTW during the last legislative session, was because he was focused on his proposals for education reform. Daniels reform agenda included the broadest school voucher program in the nation, which allows for vouchers to be used at both public and private schools. It’s unfortunate that Daniels hasn’t received more credit for coming through on an issue that has been high on the conservative agenda for decades.

HarryBackside on February 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I love me some federalism!

Charlemagne on February 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

If the RNC morons had the wherewithal of tree frogs they’d work diligently to encourage every state with republican majority in house and/or senate to pass such bills this spring. Big Labor would be spread thin and take their efforts off the Obama coronation.

philw1776 on February 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Do these people hear themselves yelling, “NO RIGHT TO WORK! NO RIGHT TO WORK!”

princetrumpet on February 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The union thugs aren’t smart enough to understand the irony in what they’re saying.

dentarthurdent on February 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Look for the union libel.

NoDonkey on February 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

It has always seemed to me that forced unionism violates the Constitutions freedom of association. How can someone be forced to associate with a 3rd party organization as a condition of employment? It’s never made sense to me.

Charlemagne on February 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The weeping & lamentations of union bosses are nourishment for my soul. More, please.

HeckOnWheels on February 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Now just get rid of Davis Bacon prevailing wage.

[BullShooterAsInElk on February 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM]

Hmmm, how about a cut off, so boondoggles don’t lose their boondoggle status? Maybe Bacon-Davis on projects over $250M?

Dusty on February 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Hoosier Goombas hardest hit.

NoDonkey on February 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

The Unions of today haven’t a shred of dignity to begin with. Now they’re getting pummeled across the Nation. That does not bode well for President Barack Hussein Obama. His Union ‘foot soldiers’ are boisterous and inept. It is almost reminiscent of some groups and even some governments in the Middle-East that are filled with fist-pumping, loud yelling, boisterous, unintelligent robots programmed to parrot their master’s screed and do as they are dictated to do no matter how utterly wrong and disingenuous it is.

I bet they try to disrupt the SuperBowl, and I bet it gets ugly too.

FlatFoot on February 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I suggest that Congress use the Commerce Clause in a way appropriate to its intended function and pass a law declaring that the entire United States of America is a right to work state.

radjah shelduck on February 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

So which states currently do not have right-to-work laws?

iurockhead on February 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Linked

Anything in blue is Right To Work, though Indiana has not been updated yet.

teke184 on February 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

But non members then shouldn’t get any of the bennies that unions negotiate.

Otherwise they’re freeloading.

profitsbeard on February 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Freeloading? I’m sure many workers would rather be called that than seeing their union dues going to support Dems and liberal causes in the unholy marriage where unions buy Dem politicians who then write laws specifically to benefit the unions.

At the very minimum, public sector unions should be forced to collect those dues by some other means than automatic deductions. Let those lazy SOBs at the teachers’ union have to work for the money. They might even come to understand what work feels like.

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

They’re likely to spread themselves so thin that they risk losing across the board

That’s what we call a good day.

Ukiah on February 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

And there goes Illinois further into the crapper. HAHAHAHAHA

Bishop on February 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Sigh. Guilty as charged, Your Honor.

jwolf on February 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

They’re likely to spread themselves so thin that they risk losing across the board, especially in Wisconsin, where they may lose all credibility.

That’s not a bug. That’s a feature!

nukemhill on February 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Thousands of union members gathered inside the Statehouse chanted “Shame on you!” and “See you at the Super Bowl!”

The red menace, hammer and sickle red.

Speakup on February 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

You know, unions started off as a noble cause, looking after human rights, negotiating fair wages, etc., etc. Then many of them fell victims to fraud, corruption, racketeering, graft. I think they’ve become irrelevant in this day and age, and many of them are broke and squandered away peoples pensions.

scalleywag on February 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

That sucking sound you hear is companies leaving Illinois and Ohio to set up shop in Indiana. Good on you, Hoosiers!

Bob in VA on February 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Meanwhile, in my state (Michigan), our Republican governor has admonished our Republican-controlled House and Senate not to even consider right-to-work legislation.

WV736 on February 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

And there goes Illinois further into the crapper. HAHAHAHAHA

Bishop on February 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Don’t worry, despite the sacrifice, I’m sure the nation will insist on Illinois taking Obama back after he loses in November.

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Illinois is being openly mocked by Indiana and Wisconsin. Check out Quinn’s State of the State speech yesterday. We deserve to be mocked.

Fallon on February 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Totally Agree” disrupting the super-bowl is next, they know with holder and obama they can destroy private property and get off scot free. A little free advertisement for your local unions thugs.

Good for you Governor and the good people of Indiana.

try again later on February 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Meanwhile, in my state (Michigan), our Republican governor has admonished our Republican-controlled House and Senate not to even consider right-to-work legislation.

WV736 on February 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Right-to-work is a dead issue in Michigan and Governor Snyder is probably giving good advice. There are way too many Michiganders who have been brainwashed by their unions to see right-to-work as an assault on humanity. There are way too many people who truly and sincerely believe that they have no ability to make decisions without benefit of some union thug dictating working conditions.

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

So which states currently do not have right-to-work laws?

iurockhead on February 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Linked.

Anything in blue is Right To Work, though Indiana has not been updated yet.

teke184 on February 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

http://www.nrtw.org/images/us-map.gif

Interesting that the Right-to-Work states are right in line with the Keystone XL pipeline. :)

itsspideyman on February 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I want a similar law in Missouri.

Axion on February 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

controversial new law

JournoTard speak for any law, even one supported by margins as high as 85-15 or 90-10, not supported by the extreme leftist fringe.

MNHawk on February 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Hey, maybe my state will be next…
…never mind, it’s California. :(

daddysgirl on February 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The passage of this bill has made my year, and I dont even live in Indiana. I still cant understand why this type of legislation has not been passed by all 50 states. Who/what kind of people believe they can force you to join their union and claim that they represent you, when you dont want them to? How can they claim rights to someone elses earned property simply by a 51% vote??

kage on February 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

But non members then shouldn’t get any of the bennies that unions negotiate.

Otherwise they’re freeloading.

profitsbeard on February 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Freeloading? I’m sure many workers would rather be called that than seeing their union dues going to support Dems and liberal causes in the unholy marriage where unions buy Dem politicians who then write laws specifically to benefit the unions.

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Or as Aesop tells it:
“The Pigeons, terrified by the appearance of a Kite, called upon the Hawk to defend them. He at once consented. When they had admitted him into the cote, they found that he made more havoc and slew a larger number of them in one day, than the Kite could pounce upon in a whole year. — Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease.”

Unfortunately, the side-effects of the remedy sometimes don’t show up until much later, as is the case with private unions, which originally were crucial in remedying the real abuses of employees; but it certainly applies to public-sector unions. And, please note that the benefits alleged above generally accrue to the leadership rather than to the rank-and-file, as many people have pointed out at HotAir and elsewhere.

AesopFan on February 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM

But the true problem with unions right now are the public sector unions. They’ve become a part of bureaucratic culture and getting rid of them will be one of the most difficult things this country will ever do.

ButterflyDragon on February 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

We’re working on that right now here in AZ.

AZCoyote on February 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

As a Hoosier myself–let me just say “that’s my man Mitch”! Man, I wish he were in the presidential race. He has done an amazing job with the Indiana economy and has been a staunch free market fiscal conservative. We are in the top 3 in just about every economic and growth category now. And, unlike Perry in TX, he has had to work his arse off to obtain development and economic growth. I will hate to see his term end.

guitarman67 on February 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Rick Santorum is very upset. He support the SEIU on this issue, is against Right to Work laws

georgealbert on February 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Great news. After reading all the Newt-This, Mittens-That, I was starting to despair. Thank you Indiana. Well done.

FineasFinn on February 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Indiana became the 23rd state to pass right-to-work laws that end the practice of closed shops and forced dues payments.

Better days ahead for folks in Indiana. Congratulations!

cicerone on February 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Not only does the union have to fight a losing battle on three fronts, but doing so drains funds that could otherwise go to funding Democrats. What’s more, once those funds are used and gone it’ll be more difficult to replace them. What, with union membership dwindling and more and more states making moves to curtail Union power.

Oh, one last thing. It’s at least 4 fronts actually, probably more. Idaho passed an education reform bill that the teachers unions have been fighting. It’s been nearly a year since it passed, and they still seem to be pouring some resources into combating it. Not as many at the resources being used up elsewhere, but still.

WolvenOne on February 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of thugs.

Dominion on February 2, 2012 at 12:41 PM

That seems to be the answer – petition over and over to get things on the ballot….just so the unions have to devite resources to trying to fight them….Bankrupt them….

Larr on February 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM

WV736 on February 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Snyder has said he’s a one-termer. Calley will sign RTW.

8 weight on February 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Another victory for the american worker.

Dragoro on February 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM

But non members then shouldn’t get any of the bennies that unions negotiate.

Otherwise they’re freeloading.

profitsbeard on February 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

If the employer thinks the non-member is more productive than the union goons, would you allow them to pay the non-member more than the union wage?

slickwillie2001 on February 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM

The passage of this bill has made my year, and I dont even live in Indiana. I still cant understand why this type of legislation has not been passed by all 50 states. Who/what kind of people believe they can force you to join their union and claim that they represent you, when you dont want them to? How can they claim rights to someone elses earned property simply by a 51% vote??

kage on February 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Often it’s a lot less than 51%, it can be 51% of those that show up to vote, not 51% of the total employee number.

slickwillie2001 on February 2, 2012 at 12:48 PM

3 battle ground states, sucking money out of the Obama Campaign – that’s the silver lining in this cloud.

GarandFan on February 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

When, if ever, will union workers learn that unions are the cause of jobs moving out of state and out of country. Is there even a need for unions anymore. They have bankrupt the auto industry, steel industry, garment industry, etc. Just look at what happened to American Airlines and its union workers yesterday. If you can’t keep your job based on your abilities, or compete with other workers, then you should lose your job.

rjulio on February 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

But non members then shouldn’t get any of the bennies that unions negotiate.

Otherwise they’re freeloading.

profitsbeard on February 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I don’t believe I have ever heard a unionist call laying claim to the product of someone else’s work “freeloading”. I have heard it called “equality”, and I have heard it called “fairness”, but never “freeloading”.

SlimyBill on February 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM

• 74 percent favored and 22 percent opposed requiring state workers to pay more for pension and health benefits
• 66 percent favored and 32 percent opposed the state’s new voter ID law
• 48 percent favored and 47 percent opposed limiting state employee unions’ ability to bargain over benefits and non-wage issues
• 46 percent favored and 51 percent opposed the new law legalizing the possession of concealed weaponsHuh?

Seems to me that this poll is really bad for the libtards.

With the last bullet, it is typically the left that are pro-gun control; granting that this poll skew towards dems, then those are really high numbers in favor of limiting the PEUs

AH_C on February 2, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Ohio needs to try again. Smarter this time.

Dexter_Alarius on February 2, 2012 at 12:56 PM

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