Indiana next battleground for labor right

Updated
 
Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, poses in the House chamber at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Bosma is leading the effort to pass right-to-work legislation in the upcoming session. Gov. Mitch Daniels has been actively lobbying in support of the measure.
Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, poses in the House chamber at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Bosma is leading the effort to pass right-to-work legislation in the upcoming session. Gov. Mitch Daniels has been actively lobbying in support of the measure.
AP Photo/Michael Conroy

If you thought the Republicans would back off from their hard-line anti-labor stance after voters in Ohio repealed SB5, forget about it.

Indiana’s Republican House leader today promised swift movement on a push to make his state the first in more than a decade to ban labor contracts that require employees to pay union fees.

Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis told the Associated Press he is confident he can push the “right-to-work” bill through his chamber during the 2012 session that begins tomorrow and is spending a lot “personal capital” to do so.

Supporters claim it will help attract more businesses to the state.  Opponents say it’s another attempt to weaken organized labor. 

Will Dems walk out again?

**UPDATE** Union members are expected to protest outside of the statehouse tomorrow (Wednesday) in demonstration against right-to-work legislation and a recently announced cap on the number of people allowed in the statehouse at one time.

 

 

Indiana next battleground for labor right

Updated