Espich acted to delete the common-wage provision but left the right-to-work language in place.
“I am here to try to act as much as I can in the spirit of compromise,” Espich said. “I will support the bill with the provision out or with the provision in. My preference is to have this provision in.”
Rep. Bill Crawford, D-Indianapolis, said the labor provisions in the bill that focused indirectly on employees’ right-to-work were “purely political.”
“I would vote against the bill if in fact that language remains in the bill,” Crawford said.
Rep. Winfield Moses, D-Fort Wayne, said the labor provisions led him to vote no as well.
Rep. Cherrish Pryor, D-Indianapolis, was also concerned about the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s opposition to the labor language. “To shove the labor language down their throats is insulting,” Pryor said.