Brian Bosma calls this legislation about “worker freedom,” but the facts are stacked against him.
- Federal law has banned forced unionism since 1963 (National Labor Relations Board v. General Motors, 1963)
- Federal law prevents non-members from paying union dues, requiring them only to pay the cost of administering their contract (Communication Workers of America v. Beck et al, 1988)
The only difference between current law and what the Republican leadership is proposing is that they want non-members to pay nothing. That is not about benefiting workers, but about taking revenue away from the unions.
This is our state’s number one priority? With all the problems in our state, our leadership has lost their way, focusing on breaking unions.
A lot of Republicans love their unions, too, and the leaders have gone too far. Luckily, the rest of our party is starting to speak up to legislators, and the “right to work” freight train that Bosma and Long bought tickets for is stuck in the station.
As more traditionally-rooted Republican legislators realize in the days to come that their leadership has been lying to them about what “right to work” really is, all momentum that once existed behind this bill will be lost.
Even Mitch Daniels agreed in 2004 that Indiana did not need “right to work.” You can read the letter he wrote right here. Note that this broken promise was written on campaign letterhead.
To Republicans who vote for this bill- you have not seen the last of us. If you believe in this bill, you have lost your Republican principles, and it is time for someone to take your place.