Indiana Becomes 23rd Right-to-Work State

“Indiana has further distinguished itself from neighboring states and given companies another big reason to bring their business and jobs here – and not there. This is the latest in a long line of actions to help make Indiana one of the most attractive business climates.– Kevin Brinegar, Indiana Chamber of Commerce president

Since the law’s passage:

  • 45 companies have communicated to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) that Indiana’s enactment of right-to-work will factor into their decision-making process of where to locate current projects
  • 39 of these projects have progressed to the pipeline stage and account for more than 4,560 projected new jobs and $897 million in investment 
  • of these 39 companies, 10 have already accepted the IEDC’s offer, accounting for 700 projected new jobs and $166 million in investment
  • of these 10 companies, four have publicly announced that right-to-work was a factor in their decision-making process: Steel Dynamics, Inc. (Pittsboro), Android Industries (Fort Wayne), Busche (Albion) and SealCorpUSA (Evansville)

What Is Right-to-Work?

A right-to-work law simply protects employees from being required to join and/or pay dues to a labor union as a condition of getting or keeping a job. It would prohibit the inclusion of “union security” provisions in labor contracts that force workers to join a labor union.

A right-to-work law does not prohibit labor unions or collective bargaining. Workers would still have the right to join or support a labor union, only now it would be his or her decision to make.

Previously, Indiana already passed a right-to-work law for teachers in 1995. It certainly didn’t destroy their unions or collective bargaining rights, and it didn’t result in lower wages for our teachers.

On February 1, 2012, Indiana became the 23rd right-to-work state in the nation and the only one not surrounded on any side by another right-to-work state.

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