Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Big Week for Right to Work Fight

The Indiana Statehouse
The Right to Work fight has entered what appears to be the fourth quarter as a deal last week brought the Democrats back to the House when the Republicans agreed to allow debate on a statewide referendum on Right to Work.

My good friend Erin Rosenberg brought up a great point on her Facebook last week, however, and I think I agree with her.  While I really enjoy the idea of statewide voters deciding whether Indiana should still be one of the less than half states in the country with Right to Work, that this is what we elect our legislators for.  We elect our lawmakers to lead and to represent us.  We don't really elect them to throw the hard decisions back at us.

With that said, I understand what Pat Bauer is doing here.  He's getting the deal he can get, and Brian Bosma is, too.  Bosma knows that, in an election year, the worst thing he can do is make the Democrats out to be the heroes of organized labor to whip up the, no doubt, thousands of protesters that will appear at the Statehouse.  Bauer understands that, in an election year, he probably can't keep walking out of the legislature with his caucus while trying to win back the Governor's Office.  It's kind of like the two sides need each other.

While a referendum kicks the can down the street a little longer, both sides can claim some sort of victory if it passes to the voters.  Dems will say that the people will now decide, and the GOP can say that progress has been made.  Deep down though, Republicans should not want this to go to a referendum.  There's too much on the line for them with the opinion polls being too ambiguous.

I guess the fight is on.


guy77money said...

I saw Daniels on Indy Lawmakers on PBS and after he was prodded to name one company that had problems with Indiana not having the right to work law. He stated that Subaru and Volkswagon were two companies that would not come to Indiana due to right to work. The actual quote was something to the fact that neither company would answer the Governors phone calls. I find that a bit strange when we were able to get Honda to locate here and right to work never came up. Hmmm do you think right to work is actually all about the money and not about jobs! ;)

marksmall2001 said...

See my blog from yesterday. The Republicans did not run RTW up-front as a major component of any campaign for General Assembly. In order for governmet to act in representative fashion, the voters at least should know the issues upon which that representation is going to act. Then the voters would have had the choice to vote for the candidate who did or did not favor the voter's view.


As I understand it, Right to Work means employees will get a legally protected choice to join or not join a union? That the employee gets to choose whether or not to pay union dues.

As I understand it, it is not outlawing unions.

If this is indeed true, how can it be good to limit anyone's choice (freedom)?

I don't see any downside at all to giving people choice.

guy77money said...

HFFT - The problem is the union still has to represent their members whether they pay dues or not. They also get the union wage scale even if they don't pay dues. Like it or not it cost money to run a union. As for the Republican side of things, they don't like the unions giving money to the Democrats to finance their campaigns. No one is good or bad here it's just about the money period and who stays in power. Unions didn't destroy the car industry in America badly designed cars did! People will pay for quality and the foreigners kicked our butts at making cars.


I happen to know something about this as a child of a union worker who put in 30 years at a huge GM plant. The stories I heard about the unions were atrocious.

For instance, some employees openly did lines of coke in the lunchroom and kept their jobs. Or how about employees running bad parts all day long? In other words the factory was forced to pay employees to complete the next step on parts they knew were bad.

Things were very inefficient. My parent hated the union. The stories I was told growing up about the factory and what the union allowed to go on made a lasting impression on me.

Once a friend of mine had a rattle in her car door and no one could figure it out. Finally they made the dealership completely disassemble the door. They found a beer bottle in it. That's not poor design.

As far as the American auto industry being destroyed, I understand Ford makes an excellent product and they are profitable without taxpayer assistance.

I think the problem with unions is that they protect people who should be fired.

I think the unions abuse power.