Competitive Enterprise Institute Applauds Indiana Enactment of Right to Work

Washington, DC, February 1, 2012 – Indiana today enacted a crucial, hard-fought right-to-work law prohibiting labor contracts that force workers to pay for union representation.

“Governor Daniels and the Indiana Legislature put workers and choice first in passing the state’s right to work law,” said Vincent Vernuccio, CEI Labor Policy Attorney.  “Because of their efforts, Indiana now stands as a beacon of opportunity and freedom in the Midwest. Indiana will hopefully be the first of many  – of the now 27 – forced unionism states to give workers the right to say ‘no’ to union bosses and still keep their jobs.”

The Indiana senate approved the legislation Wednesday, which was promptly signed on the same day by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.  Labor unions had bitterly fought the measure.  Indiana is reportedly the first state in a decade to enact such a right-to-work law.  Last year, House Democrats infamously walked out of debates on right-to-work for five weeks, followed by a number of boycotts this session.

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