Indiana Goes Right to Work

In February of 2012, Indiana became a right to work state. Indiana is the first state in over a decade, and the first state ever in the Midwest, to do so.

A right to work statute prohibits union security agreements, which require the payment of union dues or the equivalent as a condition of employment. This means you can hire someone whether or not he or she belongs to a union or pays these dues.

Although the benefits of these laws are hotly contested by union advocates, proponents say that they lead to lower unemployment and faster economic growth in states that adopt them, by attracting employers to a lower-cost, more hassle-free environment.

As Phillip Wilson of the Labor Relations Institute wrote in a recent editorial, “Indiana just became the prettiest girl at the dance as manufacturers both here and abroad look at where to invest in the Midwest.”

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