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Protesters fill the statehouse during Gov. Mitch Daniels' State of the State address Tuesday.
Indiana Republicans and Democrats have reached a deal that will bring the state's so-called "right to work" bill to a vote next week. Democrats had objected to Republicans trying to rush the bill through, holding a joint House-Senate hearing rather than the usual separate hearing process, and blocking amendments and debate at the committee stage, and had twice stayed away to deny Republicans a quorum, a tactic Republicans squealed about but have employed themselves in the past under their current leadership.

Republicans seem to have concluded they're not winning political points trying to ram the bill through at top speed:

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he watched video of the hearing and concluded it "did not reflect democracy's finest hour," though no rules were broken. Still, Bosma said he reached out to House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, on Wednesday "to see if we couldn't find something to calm people down."

The olive branch: giving Democrats more time to prepare amendments by scheduling them for Tuesday, with full debate and a vote on the bill later next week.

The question is whether Democrats have any amendments that both have a shot at passing and will make a difference; will they, for instance, exempt building trades unions from the law, as at least one Republican strongly supports? With or without amendments, though, Republicans are overwhelmingly likely to have the votes they need to pass the bill, forcing union members to pay the costs of union representation for their coworkers who don't belong to the union.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 07:10 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Progressive Hippie, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Thanks for the updates. (3+ / 0-)

    'Tis a mess in my homestate. And a shame.

    This better be good. Because it is not going away.

    by DerAmi on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 07:23:29 AM PST

  •  Living in Indiana (7+ / 0-)

    I can tell you that the statement 'Republicans and Democrats have reached a deal' is never good news.

  •  Don't know why Democrats don't push a (2+ / 0-)
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    conservative button by adding in that the so-called "right to work" is actually a restriction on the right to contract.

    "Right to work" laws don't prevent anybody from working -- they just mean you have to join a union. Now, I've quit a job rather than join the Teamsters, but that was my prerogative.  I could have kept working and just joined the union.

    But...the negotiation that created the contract that would have forced me to join the Teamsters if I wanted to stay at the factory...that was agreed to by both management and the union.  A "right to work" law would have removed management's right to enter into a partnership with the Teamsters -- and the management/union relationship often is a partnership, especially when it creates a union structure for handling grievances (and that often takes a lot of heat off management by filtering out BS complaints from genuine problems).

    For all the progressive arguments against right-to-work, that is also a core conservative one.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 08:11:06 AM PST

  •  I was hoping... (3+ / 0-)
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    I was hoping that the Democrats would at least hold out until the Super Bowl, when we'd have an awesome chance to protest the mismanagement of this state while the entire world was watching.

    That $1,000/day fine per member that the Republicans pushed through last year worked.  Or perhaps the state still worships at the feet of Evan Bayh.

    I think it's time for me to join the great Hoosier brain drain.

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 08:21:06 AM PST

    •  I wonder if (0+ / 0-)

      they couldn't have rotated who shows up on what days, keeping out enough people to prevent a quorum?

      Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

      by Debby on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 08:28:29 AM PST

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    •  There may still be more walkouts (1+ / 0-)
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      Bauer, the Dem minority leader, has figured out that each time they end the walkout and Bosma pulls another dick move, more and more of the GOP caucus has doubts about whether this is worth it.

      This has the added benefit of avoiding the fines that Bosma will drop on an extended walkout.

      House reps get paid $22,616 annually, plus $155 per diem while in session and $62 for all others.  In general, the per diem only applies to legislators from outside Indianapolis.  So this money goes to pay for housing and expenses while in Indy. $1000 fines eat annual salary up pretty quick, and I'm certain have undermined the determination of much of the D caucus to stay out.

      Going in Monday provides another opportunity for Bosma to make a dick move (he's a dick, so that's a virtual guarantee) prompting another walk out.  Plus, the Monday session isn't a final vote.  It's for hearing amendments.   This isn't over.

      by ManfromMiddletown on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:14:11 AM PST

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  •  Firing people for fun and profit (3+ / 0-)
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    is so much easier without a union.

    Hopefully the corporate raider backlash will help people realize what Republicans are trying to bring back feudalism.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 08:23:17 AM PST

  •  When I worked for a manufacturing company (3+ / 0-)
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    in Indiana, though not on the manufacturing side of the business, I benefited from many things the union negotiated for their members, most notably vacation days but probably more importantly, things like bathroom conditions. Really, we all have a stake in this, union or not.

    Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

    by Debby on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 08:27:00 AM PST

  •  I hope that Dems running for election or re- (2+ / 0-)
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    election this year will keep hammering home the fact that the GOP is trying to eliminate every aspect of American life that made the nation great:  unions, public education, tax-supported R&D, Social Security and Medicare, the social safety net, the once shared experience of national defense, public lands and parks, and blessed upward mobility, or at least the opportunity for it.  Elizabeth Warren has the best message, that no one ever made it on their own.  Force Romney, Ryan, Rove and/or the GOP governors to name one individual or one company that doesn't owe the taxpayers something.

  •  The bill sounds horrible (0+ / 0-)

    but elections have consequences. I blame the voters who put these folks in office.

    I do commend Mr Bosma for taking the right steps to make the bill legitimate. Think of what that idiot Walker avoided if he had allowed debate on this issue.

    Now on to kicking out these people and electing folks who put people's interests ahead of corporations.

    •  I won't commed Bosma for doing what he should (1+ / 0-)
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      have done in the first place.  But you're entirely correct that electing these asshats was their own fault.   Maybe some folks around here can take that as a lesson of what happens when you don't support your sides candidate, even if he has majorly disappointed you.  More simply put: you make the fight, and your life, that much more difficult.

      Would we be so happy to have a military that dwarfs all others combined if it was a line item deduction on our paychecks next to FICA."

      by Back In Blue on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 09:47:13 AM PST

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      •  Too much attacking Democrats (0+ / 0-)

        Some spend their time attacking Democrats for not doing enough. This leads to staying home instead of voting. This is what the Repugs want, to stir us up and drive us to stay home or vote some protest vote like the one for Nader that got Bush elected.

        I wonder if we democrats will ever learn? There is a difference in a democrat I don't like and any Republican.

        but you point is taken..patting Bosma on the back for doing his job was misguided and exactly the image  he wanted to portray.

  •  they may call it a reached deal but... (0+ / 0-)

    it sure looks like the repubs WON this fight...  what kind of 'deal' is that???

    "Orwell was an optimist"

    by KnotIookin on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 08:55:40 AM PST

  •  Democrats are setting up for the election. (1+ / 0-)
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    With judicial use of amendments, and with a barrage of ads against it, especially if there are immediate negative effects, Democrats can blame Republicans for when the IN economy tanks.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 08:55:59 AM PST

    •  Hasn't it tanked already? (1+ / 0-)
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      And I'm not fond of politicians setting-up the competition on the backs of their constituents.

      Would we be so happy to have a military that dwarfs all others combined if it was a line item deduction on our paychecks next to FICA."

      by Back In Blue on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 09:49:03 AM PST

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  •  Why should they make a deal? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm all for compromising but "right to work" laws are too destructive and not something the state needs.

    Since they won the battle last time why don't they just wait it out for the Superbowl and get mass attention and destroy the Republicans even worse the second time?

  •  Republican rationality again... (1+ / 0-)
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    Back In Blue they are saying it will be ok, by law, to force union members to pay the way for non union members,
    however, in 'Republican Think' it is NOT ok for Obama
    Health care to require
    mandated participation in our National Health care program.

    Why can't American Standard Plumbing
    Fixtures company make a large enough toilet to just flush the lot of them?

  •  Yuck. (0+ / 0-)

    Stop doing this stuff. You keep giving Quinn and Rahm ideas. Bad, bad Indiana.

    "This is about the human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it." -- Keith Olbermann // Go ahead, buy my husband's art. I dare you.

    by allergywoman on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 09:44:03 AM PST

  •  Finding it hard to have sympathy (0+ / 0-)

    The voters of Indiana elected these folks to office. They're Republicans, you expected them to treat unions any differently? Reaping what you sow.

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