Ind. Commerce Chief Backs Right-to-Work Law Push
Indiana lawmakers are debating right-to-work legislation that sparked a five-week walkout by House Democrats and could set a contentious tone when the Legislature reconvenes in January.
Commerce Secretary Mitch Roob opened a day-long hearing Tuesday, saying he supported legislation because it makes it easier to bring manufacturing jobs to Indiana.
But Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday he's unsure if he would support a bill.
House Democrats left the state for five weeks this year to block Republicans from advancing the measure. The move was similar to that of Wisconsin Senate Democrats who staged a walkout to stifle Republican Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to cut collective bargaining rights.
The proposal would allow workers to be protected under labor contracts without having to pay union dues.