Seven years of evidence and experience ultimately demonstrated that Indiana did need a right-to-work law to capture jobs for which, despite our highly rated business climate, we are not currently being considered.
This law won’t be a magic answer but we’ll be far better off with it. I respect those who have objected but they have alarmed themselves unnecessarily: no one’s wages will go down, no one’s benefits will be reduced, and the right to organize and bargain collectively is untouched and intact.
The only change will be a positive one.
Indiana will improve still further its recently earned reputation as one of America’s best places to do business, and we will see more jobs and opportunity for our young people and for all those looking for a better life.
Large numbers of union protestors chanting "United we stand, divided we fall" took their demonstration into the heart of the Super Bowl Village, disrupting what was otherwise a beautiful day for the outdoor festivities. Daniels will use the new law as a selling point to top business leaders from around the country whom he will be meeting with informally during this weekend's Super Bowl.
Gov. Pat Quinn in next door Illinois reacted with skepticism at Indiana's move to become a right-to-work state. Quinn called the legislation "a bad move that won't help Indiana compete with Illinois for business."
“Having a good union work force like Caterpillar and John Deere and Ford and Mitsubishi and Chrysler; they all have – Navistar as well – they’re all organized by the UAW and the UAW believes in making sure that people get a decent wage, get a decent health care plan and a decent retirement,” Quinn said.
Quinn said major companies like those are thriving in Illinois with union labor.
“Take a look at Caterpillar. They had their best year in 2011 since, I think, 1947 was the last year they were as good as they were last year. They sold a lot of machinery all over the world; 90 percent of what they make in Illinois, they export to the world,” Quinn said.
The governor also said he’s not worried about losing Illinois businesses to Indiana.
“That ain’t gonna happen, I’ll tell you that. I think that’s a bad bill and I’m very sorry that Mitch Daniels is gonna sign the ‘right to work for less’ bill. That’s a bad bill for the incomes of hard-working people,” Quinn said.