Indiana GOP Kills Controversial Anti-Union Bill
The bill would have banned unions that require non-union members to pay dues for representation from negotiating contracts with employers.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long, a Republican from Fort Wayne, called it a mistake to move along with the volatile piece of legislation.
Long told the Louisville Courier Journal that he had advised the state’s House Speaker to drop the bill “because of the chance it would blow up the session and we would have exactly the reaction we have out there.”
State Democrats left the state for Illinois Tuesday to prevent GOP lawmakers from forcing the bill through. Democrat state legislators in Wisconsin left the state last week to block progress on a Wisconsin bill banning collective bargaining between public employees and their employers.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who also enacted a ban on collective bargaining on his first day as governor in 2005, agreed with state Republicans’ plan to drop the bill.
“For reasons I’ve explained more than once I thought there was a better time and place to have this very important and legitimate issue raised,” Daniels said.