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Union Polls Show Fewer Hoosiers Opposing Right to Work

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

I know that headline may seem like you’re reading something from the Bizzaro universe, but it is true. A comparison of two polls commissioned by the Indiana AFL-CIO within 6 weeks of each other shows the number of Hoosiers opposing “Right to Work” dropped from 47% to 36%. The Union released a poll Monday showing […]

Why Indiana Is About to Become the 23rd Right to Work State

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Don’t be surprised if you wake up on March 15th (the same days as the Ides of March, ironically) and find yourself in the 23rd “Right to Work” (RTW) state in the country.   RTW for Indiana is inevitable.  A full House vote is coming, and RTW will pass.  It won’t be a sweeping majority, I […]

The Real “Right to Work” Fight

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

In my column in today’s Indianapolis Star, I pontificate about what the fight over right to work is really about.  Check it out.

Right to Work and Public Opinion, Who Cares?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

As Indiana lawmakers get ready for the joint House and Senate committee hearing on “right to work” (RTW) today, I got to thinking about the Ball State poll that was done on the subject.  It has been the only independent poll on the subject.  As part of its 2011 survey, the Bowen Center for Public […]

How to Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

I was recently chatting with a buddy of mine from my graduate school days at the University of Illinois.  We were joking about the times we would go out, try to pick up a young lady or two, and just before we were about to seal the deal, then someone would overreach by asking her […]

The Right to Work

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Here is the text of HB 1001, the “Right to Work” Bill. Employee’s right to work. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor to require an individual to: (1) become or remain a member of a labor organization; (2) pay dues, fees, or other charges to a labor organization; or (3) pay to a charity or […]

Who’s Afraid of “Right to Work”?

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Will someone please tell me why most unions and labor are afraid of “right to work”?  It’s almost like a phobia.   Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels released a statement Thursday in support of “Right to Work” and is expected to reiterate that support today in a speech in downtown Indianapolis.   His argument is basically that an […]

Is “Right to Work” Wrong?

Monday, November 28th, 2011

While at the Statehouse on Organization Day, I took some time to speak to some of the protesters in the hallways about potential ‘Right to Work” (RTW) legislation.  I made it a point to keep an open mind and listen to their arguments against RTW.  After speaking to about half a dozen or so, I […]

The Right to Work

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

As Indiana lawmakers get ready to return to the Statehouse for Organization Day this Tuesday,  the big 800 lb. gorilla in the room is “right to work” (RTW).  Speculations and rumors have run amok over whether Republicans will take up the measure this session and whether Democrats will try to use every procedure in the […]