Democratic leader says RTW “doesn’t put Hoosiers back to work.”
IN A FIERY written statement broadcast via e-mail Jan. 25, Indiana State House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer unloaded on Republican House members who helped pass a “right to work for less” bill. If House Bill 1001 becomes law, Indiana will become the 23rd right to work state.
Bauer, the House Democratic leader from District 6, has been an outspoken critic of right to work and has led the statehouse charge against it for the last two legislative sessions.
HB 1001 passed the House 54-44. Five Republicans joined all 39 Democrats in opposing the measure. The bill now goes on to the Indiana state Senate, where passage by the GOP majority is expected. Republican Governor Mitch Daniels has pledged to sign the bill into law.
In an effort to block House bill 1001, Democrats had repeatedly boycotted the House floor, denying the Republicans a quorum. That effort ended after the Republican House Leader imposed $1,000-a-day fines for absences. Democrats had also offered a referendum proposal that would have put the question to the voters. The proposal was rejected along party lines.
Boilermakers from across the state have joined with other unions and labor supporters in public rallies aimed at turning back the measure, but it seems the Republican-controlled legislature and the Republican governor are relishing the opportunity to undermine unions instead of securing well-paying jobs that can support American families.
Bauer’s public statement is shown below.