The state of Indiana just passed House Bill 1001: Right to Work. Governor Mitch Daniels signed the bill just the other day. This bill makes it an employees right to change unions, not have to pay the union dues, or pay to a third party, etc. This Bill has been controversial in Indiana; obviously the unions do not like it, but there are many who do, think it is one of our freedoms in America. Here is a summary posted on the Indiana Government website:
DIGEST OF HB 1001 (Updated February 1, 2012 11:49 am – DI 84)
Employee’s right to work. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor to require an individual to: (1) become or remain a member of a labor organization; (2) pay dues, fees, or other charges to a labor organization; or (3) pay to a charity or another third party an amount that represents dues, fees, or other charges required of members of a labor organization; as a condition of employment or continuation of employment. Provides that the Indiana department of labor may investigate and issue administrative orders for violations or threatened violations. Establishes a separate private right of action for violations or threatened violations. Provides that the statute does not apply to federal employees, employees subject to certain federal laws, certain employees over whom the federal government has jurisdiction, state employees, and employees of a political subdivision. Provides that the statute does not apply to the extent it is in conflict with or preempted by federal law. Provides that the statute is not intended, and should not be construed, to change or affect any other law concerning collective bargaining or collective bargaining agreements in the building and construction industry.