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Indiana Lawmakers Approve Right-To-Work Bill, Waiting for Gov.’s Signature

02/02/2012
Lawmakers in Indiana's Republican-controlled Senate voted Wednesday to make Indiana a right-to-work state. The legislation would ban unions from making workers to pay mandatory union representation fees.

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has said he will sign the bill upon its arrival on his desk. When he does, Indiana will be the first state in 10 years to enact a right-to-work law.

"We're giving freedom to workers who don't want to be a part of something they don't believe in," said Republican Sen. Carlin Yoder.

"This announces, especially in the Rust Belt, that we are open for business here," added Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma.

Nancy Guyott, Indiana's AFL-CIO president, predicted the vote would not be a permanent victory. "We'll take our state back, one block at a time," she said, pointing out that Indiana has adopted and then repealed right to work before.

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