Indiana: the Nation’s 23rd Right to Work State
STATEHOUSE – After over 40 hours of testimony, debate, and discussion over the past year House Bill (HB) 1001, Employee’s Right to Work passed the Indiana House of Representatives last week and today passed the State Senate. The Governor signed the bill into law this afternoon making Indiana the nation’s 23rd Right to Work state, and the first state in the industrial Midwest to become a Right to Work state.
Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) is a co-sponsor of House Bill 1001, Employee’s Right to Work which states that an employee cannot be forced to join or financially support a union in order to get or keep a job.
"I ran on the issue of Jobs in 2010, and am elated that Indiana now has what every economic development expert that testified said was the benefit that kept many companies from considering Indiana as they looked to relocate or expand their businesses,” said Rep. Heuer.
The current unemployment number in Indiana hovers around 9 percent according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economic development experts believe that Right to Work legislation could bring nearly 50 percent more of the companies that would otherwise have overlooked Indiana. Right to Work provides a means to lower the unemployment rate, and gives Hoosiers the right to choose how their hard earned money is spent.
Indiana will now be the first Right to Work state in the nation that does not have a Right to Work state on its border.
“I will continue to pursue every avenue that will help our quarter of a million unemployed Hoosiers get back to work,” said Rep. Heuer.