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In 2006 Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said this about so-called "Right to Work" laws  

“I am a supporter of the labor laws we have in the State of Indiana, and I’m not interested in changing any of them,” he said. “Certainly not the prevailing wage law. And certainly not the right to work law. We can succeed in Indiana respecting the rights of labor and fair and free competition for everyone.”

Great to hear a Republican come out against the anti-union RTW laws. Mitch knew then of course that Right to Work really is just a means to harm unions and give businesses a labor force that will work for less not more. It's not about fairness, it's about naked partisanship and a desire to de-fund important Democratic constituencies.

But for whatever reason (cough)ALEC(cough) Mitch now believes Indiana must change the law to allow workers to be represented by unions without paying dues. In 2012 Mitch has jumped onto the union-killing bandwagon.

Mitch in his 2012 State of the State address:

The idea, that no worker should be forced to pay union dues as a condition of keeping a job, is simple, and just. But the benefits in new jobs would be large: a third or more of growing or relocating businesses will not consider a state that does not provide workers this protection.

Almost half our fellow states have right to work laws. As a group, they are adding jobs faster, growing worker income faster, and enjoying lower unemployment rates than those of us without a law. In those ratings of business attractiveness I mentioned, the only states ahead of us are right to work states.

Clearly, Mitch Daniels is no longer the moderate who spoke to the Teamsters in 2006. But the unions are fighting back. Both Politico and The Hill have noted this new ad by the Teamsters which attacks Daniels for lying to them:

PRWatch makes clear there are millions of reasons that Gov. Daniels and Indiana Speaker of the House Bosma are so anxious to enact Right to Work (for less) in Indiana. As you might expect, each one of those reasons is green and is printed with a dollar sign. PRWatch:

Daniels was, however, the cover guy featured in ALEC's magazine, "Inside ALEC," in April 2011. He also by-lined the feature article in that issue about his budget efforts, which echoed many ALEC agenda items.
Bosma has been involved in numerous organizations over the years, including ALEC, a national organization of state legislators that is largely funded by corporations. Among other things, Bosma has been involved in ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture and Civil Justice task forces, in which corporations and politicians vote behind closed doors to approve their ideal legislative proposals which are then introduced in state houses across the country without any mention of the corporations pre-voting on them.

The Center for Media and Democracy has analyzed Indiana's "right to work" legislation and noted that its three main penalties echo ALEC's ideal RTW bill, an agenda ALEC has pursued for over 30 years, in conjunction with allied entities. Bosma has voted on hundreds of bills over the past 25 years, including in favor of school vouchers and charter schools, both of which are also long-standing items on the ALEC agenda.

No surprise here. ALEC is also heavily involved in the anti-union legislation in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other neighboring states.

Of course, Gov. Mitch Daniels tries to appear moderate and has done a good job of fooling a majority of Hoosiers into believing that he's not just another GOP apparatchik. But his ties to ALEC and his reversal of his previously stated pledge to the Teamsters to not pursue Right to Work laws show he does not deserve to be regarded as anything other than just another Republican hack hell-bent on destroying labor unions in his state. By his actions we now know him. Mitch Daniels is just another anti-labor Republican governor dancing to the tune of his billionaire backers.

Originally posted to Curt Matlock on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 08:37 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Mitch would lie to his own (7+ / 0-)

    mother. His speech last night about deficits was disgusting coming from a man who was George Bush's director of O.M.B.

    •  Mitch calling Obama divisive (3+ / 0-)
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      JMoore, foufou, ProgressMoShuffle

      What got my eyes rolling was the nerve to call Obama divisive. Sure Mitch, it's the Democrats who are the ones intent on dividing people. Guess we should ignore that the main election tool used by Republicans is to divide everyone along one cultural line or another.


      and so on. Very Rovian of him.

  •  More Links (2+ / 0-)
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    JMoore, Hector Solon

    Indy Star:

    Gov. Mitch Daniels defended divisive right-to-work legislation while asking House Democrats to end their boycott of the measure Tuesday night.

    Divisive. They got that part right.

    Louisville Courier:

    Hundreds of protesters – at least those who could get into the Statehouse – shouted throughout Daniels’ half-hour delivery, causing a dull roar heard in the House chamber and detectable on television broadcasts. Some Democratic members of the General Assembly skipped the speech entirely.

    The reason for the raucous evening at the Statehouse was the contentious right to work measure, which Daniels argued is essential to attract more businesses to Indiana.

    Local pundit Jim Shella

    The Democrats in the Indiana House of Representatives ended their walkout today while union workers opposed to the right to work bill filled Statehouse hallways. The noise in Statehouse hallways was at times deafening
  •  "Provide Workers This Protection." (3+ / 0-)
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    Curt Matlock, happy camper, JMoore

    That line hadda be worth a new laptop to the thinktank intern who dreamed it up.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 08:52:14 AM PST

    •  They've claimed forever (2+ / 0-)
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      Curt Matlock, JMoore

      that workers are oppressed by earning union wages and benefits, which are always higher than nonunion, and that having to pay for representation is somehow wrong.

      This from a party that thinks everyone should pull their own weight, and that there should be no freeloaders? The hypocrisy is astounding.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 09:54:36 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Must of done rebuttal from sound-proof room (1+ / 0-)
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    Curt Matlock

    Because the last time he tried to give a speech you could hear the protesters outside...

    Daniels is just more proof that lies and an uninformed or should I say "misinformed" public is what has built this "Non-America"

    “And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

    by JMoore on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 12:27:31 PM PST

    •  SOUND proof room? (2+ / 0-)
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      Curt Matlock, JMoore

      Could well be more like a padded cell with temporary decorations for the occasion.  Shame he's off his meds.  Let's hope he hasn't screwed up the Super Bowl while totally screwing over his "constituents", following ALEC ideology and the Koch Method instead of minding the opinions of the voting public.

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