News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 9, 2012

Indiana House GOP sets initial right-to-work vote


The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana House committee has scheduled its initial vote on divisive labor legislation that has brought hundreds of union protesters and sparked a three-day boycott by Democrats.

The House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee plans to meet Tuesday morning to vote on right-to-work legislation. House Democrats made the initial vetting possible when they joined House Republicans today.

The bill would make Indiana the first state in more than a decade to ban contracts that require workers to pay union fees for representation.

House Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer said today his caucus was returning “just for today” and that Democrats may boycott again.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says the bill could get a final vote in his chamber as early as Friday if Democrats stick around.