updated: 1/26/2012 7:58:10 AM
House Minority Leader Pat Bauer says right-to-work legislation approved by the Republican-controlled chamber will not provide the economic boost supporters are anticipating. He says similar moves have a history of not creating jobs or improving the pay and benefits for workers. He says the passage will be the legacy of House Republicans "unless the state Senate chooses to come to its senses."
January 25, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democratic Leader B. Patrick Bauer of South Bend issued the following statement today after representatives approved House Bill 1001, which would bring “right to work for less” to our state:
“Today, Indiana House Republicans confirmed the single plank of their job creation plan: ‘right to work for less.’
“They have thrown their support behind a proposal that has a long, documented history of NOT creating jobs, NOT improving the pay and benefits of workers, and NOT making the places where they work safe.
“This will be their legacy to the people of Indiana, unless the state Senate chooses to come to its senses.
“They are welcome to it.
“Let the House Republicans explain to the workers of our state why they chose to back a plan that doesn’t put Hoosiers back to work, doesn’t enable these workers to provide for their families, and increases the risk of injury and death in the places where they work.
“The only places where today’s events will be cheered is in the boardrooms of big businesses and corporations across this state. The House Republicans just helped increase the profit margins for these companies at the expense of their workers. But concern for workers was never a motivating factor in this fight. Corporate greed was.
“For those who threw their weight behind this plan, and were willing to trample on a lengthy list of constitutional rights in order to do so, there is only one thing to say:
“Shame on you.”
Source: House Minority Caucus