Right-to-work under discussion in Indiana

Right-to-work under discussion in Indiana

Indianapolis : IN : USA | Jan 08, 2012 at 8:20 AM PST
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House Session 2011-03-01 (11:02:34-11:28:41)

The right-to-work bill has become a big concern in Indiana, as its supporters and opponents are aggressively arguing about the issue and putting forward their points of views. The right-to-work law has been adopted by twenty two states already and Republicans in Indiana are now advocating its implementation in their state as well. Democrats are, however, opposing the idea and arguing against the law.

The proponents say that the law, if imposed, will reduce the prevailing high rate of unemployment and encourage greater investment in the business sector. This will also allow employees to have an option of not joining the unions and therefore not paying the fees to be a union member if they wish to stay away from them. They will gain the benefits of the unions without paying for them.

Those who are against the law say that this step will eventually reduce the influence of the unions that are actually a body to ensure fair wages and employment contracts. The law will therefore result in a decrease in the wage rates over time and harm the workers that are currently protected by the role of unions.

If the law is enforced in the state, Indiana would be the 23rd state to have it with a gap of about ten years since Oklahoma got it passed in 2001. Republicans have a majority in the House as well as the Senate and therefore there are more chances for the law to be passed and implemented. The law is expected to be enforced from 14th of March after the voting has been carried out in the coming couple of weeks.

Public Safety Academy had a meeting on Friday. In the meeting, the law was greatly opposed by the participants. The Democratic Representative Win Moses was the host. When the audience was given a chance to express their point of view, Christine Fisher from the audience openly spoke about the issue. "In these economic times when everyone is struggling, we don't need to reduce our wages in a state that's doing rather well. To make Indiana 'Right to Work' is almost criminal," he said.

The issue is having opinions from both sides with their arguments that are quite clear and straight forward. Unions reject the proposal as they feel it to be unjustified regarding their role in taking care of the rights of workers.

sarah1 is based in California, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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