They’re still fighting union busting in Indiana, because, of course, after Mitch Daniels destroyed public sector unions he went after private sector unions. Despite what conservatives tell their union voters in these states, that was always the plan.
The Indiana Statehouse debate over right-to-work legislation has been contentious, prompting union protests and a walkout by Democratic House members over the issue earlier this year. That same spirit was evident Tuesday at the University of Evansville, which hosted a panel discussion on the issue.A standing-room-only crowd of about 200 people attended to listen to the panel, which was made up of two right-to-work supporters and two opponents.
The panelist’s right-to-work proponents were Rep. Sue Ellspermann, R-Ferdinand, and George Raymond, vice president of Human Resources and Labor Relations for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Speaking against right-to-work legislation were Rep. Gail Riecken, D-Evansville, and Teamsters Local 215 President Chuck Whobrey.
The audience appeared dominated by right-to-work opponents, who frequently offered cheers, applause or shouts of disagreement in response to the panelists’ remarks.
Mitch Daniels had a free hand to impose the libertarian/conservative wish list that Scott Walker and John Kasich then imitated in Wisconsin and Ohio. Unlike Walker and Kasich, no one stopped Daniels in Indiana. He’s been putting these policies and practices in place since 2005.
Now, conservatives in that state want still more concessions from working and middle class people, and, once again, they’re promising jobs in return for an still-lower standard of living. If people in Indiana just give a little bit more to the job creators, this time, it will pay off.
“Right to work is a legitimate strategy to help attract and grow jobs,” said Elspermann, citing data that 25-50 percent of companies making relocation decisions are only willing to relocate to right-to-work states. That means, Elspermann said, that Indiana loses out on potential job creation because some companies won’t consider moving here. Raymond had a similar message, saying that right-to-work legislation promotes economic growth and pushes wages up. “Why right-to-work now? It’s all about jobs,” Raymond said.
Public sector union busting was all about jobs, too, way back in 2005. Mitch Daniels keeps pushing people down that hill, and telling them there’s a pot of gold at the bottom.