fees for representation in collective bargaining.
Such union-security agreements are outlawed in 22 states. Proponents
say banning them in Indiana would make the state more attractive to
businesses and investment. Opponents say doing so would weaken unions,
and drive down wages and working conditions.
Bosma said Wednesday that right to work won't be taken off the table this year.
"It is the No. 1 jobs issue that we can address this session, and the
No. 1 issue is jobs," he said.
"These are middle-class jobs that we're talking about," he added. "We
have to support our middle class here in this state, and that's
exactly what this is about - -- despite the rhetoric you hear from the
House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer, the South Bend Democrat who
led last year's walkout, criticized Republicans for setting a joint
hearing of House and Senate labor committees on the bill for this
Friday. Holding a joint hearing, he said, halves the opportunity for
"We refuse to let the most controversial public policy bill of the
decade be railroaded through, with the public being denied their fair
and adequate input," he said. "The public doesn't really know what