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Indiana Union Warns Michigan of "Right To Work" Implications

Indiana became the 23rd state to become a "right to work" state just this February.

6News Reporter Nick Perreault spoke with the author of that bill and a union worker in that state about how right to work has changed our neighbor to the south.

House Bill 1001, the right to work was one Indiana State Representative Jerry Torr had been pushing for 9 years.

"I came to feel that it was an individual freedom of the workers to decided whether or not they wanted to financial support a labor union," said 39th District State. Rep. Jerry Torr.

And Representative Torr says as soon as the Governor's ink hit the paper in February making it a law, the phones started ringing off the hook.

"The Indiana Economic Development Council corporation tells us that at least 90 companies now have told them that the right to work is at least a part of the reason that there looking at Indiana."

31 of them accepting offers, creating an estimated 4000 new jobs and pumping $431 million dollars into the state.

"All we have heard is talk about it, we haven't seen any of the new businesses," said Local 440 Member Jamie Fife.

Jamie Fife a member of the Plumbers, Steamfitters and HVAC Technicians, in Indianapolis say's so far it's been all talk and no action.

Fife fears right to work will ultimately eliminate the middle class.

"A guy will have to work three jobs to even try and support his family, because basically all it's doing is driving the wages down," Fife said.

 But Representative Torr says that won't happen.

 "The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will not offer incentives or work with any company that's going to come here, unless they intend to pay an average wage higher than the current average wage," Representative Torr said.

It's a bill that Indiana supporters say gives new employees the freedom of choice.

But union members say should this come to Michigan current employees will have a choice, but less money to show for it.

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