Gutwein, House committee supports RTW

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, January 10, 2012 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE—State Representative Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville), Chairman of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee, called for a vote on House Bill 1001, Employee’s Right to Work, Tuesday morning. The bill passed out of committee by a vote of 8-5 and now moves to the full House of Representatives for further discussion and vote.

“We need to do what we can to bring more job opportunities to Indiana,” said Rep. Gutwein. “This bill attracts businesses to the state while maximizing the fundamental American principal of individual freedom of choice.”

The Employee’s Right to Work bill prohibits an employer from forcing an employee to join or maintain membership in a union or pay dues, fees, charges or charitable donations to a third party as a condition of employment.

“This bill doesn’t say you can’t join a union,” added Rep. Gutwein. “Each employee has the right to choose if they want to join a union and pay dues. We are attacking unemployment with our commitment to helping Hoosiers have a respectful and fair workplace.”

Democrat committee members requested amendments be heard during committee; however, Chairman Gutwein ruled them out of order because they were not filed within the acceptable timeline. He suggested they be brought before the House for debate and consideration.

“The minority party bullied democracy out of state last year and, this year, they are trying to strong-arm it behind closed doors,” Rep. Gutwein said.

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Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) serves House District 16. He is the Chairman of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development and Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committees.