At issue in Indiana is a so-called right-to-work bill that would give members of private-sector unions the right to opt out of unions and not pay dues.The right to opt out of unions? I like rights. That sounds good. Did they not have that right before? Who denied them that right? On the surface this looks like a good thing. Then I read this from both the Indianapolis Star and that bastion of quality journalism, USA Today:
[The legislation] bars a union and company from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to pay fees for representation.Barring? I don't like barring. That sounds bad. It seems to me that the Republicans are engaging in a major PR cover-up here, masquerading their strictly anti-union bill as an expansion of liberty. Of course, the Democrats aren't any better, because they're just throwing a little hissy fit because the bill hurts unions.
I'm not the biggest fan of unions, but there's nothing inherently wrong with them, as long as they play by the same rules as everybody else. If a business wants to (or has to out of necessity) contract with a union agreeing it won't hire non-union folks, so be it. I think it's a stupid idea, but sometimes that's what you need to do in business. Barring certain kinds of contracts is not the way to make the state more competitive economically.