INDIANA STATE AFL-CIO

Time to Repeal "Right To Work" Again

Early this (Saturday) morning, one of the most destructive sessions of the Indiana General Assembly came to a close. Republicans in control of the Statehouse attacked everyone from the Girl Scouts, to women, to the elderly, the unemployed and everyday working men and women. Most notably, against overwhelming public sentiment, they rammed through the so-called "right to work" bill in February.

However, as Winston Churchill said "Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

From 1957 to 1964, Indiana had a so called "right to work" law that was implemented after a Republican takeover of the Statehouse. Much like what happened in 2012, in 1957 the bill was jammed through against the public's will and without any proof to backup proponents' claims of economic salvation. By 1964, working men and women had taken back the State Senate, the State House of Representatives and the Governor's Office and Indiana became the first state in the nation to repeal the union busting legislation.

Now, it's time to do it again.

 

Photo Caption: INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 15, 1965 -- REPEALER PASSES SENATE -- The Indiana Senate today passed and sent the House Senate Bill No. 1 to repeal the state's 1957 right-to-worklaw. Senate President, Lt. Gov. Robert Rock, leans forward to talk with a clerk with the tally board as a background. The vote was 38-12.


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