Indiana Legislators Gain Key Concessions

On March 28, the Indiana House Democrats returned from Illinois after getting House Republicans to agree to compromise on several key issues for working Hoosiers. The most important victory was the Republicans agreement to shelve the so-called "Right to Work" bill, which would have weakened unions and decreased the effectiveness of collective bargaining. Workers in states with "right to work" laws make about $5,333 a year less than workers in other states, which threatens the middle class and those struggling to make ends meet.

Other important concessions that were won include limiting the number of government construction projects that would be exempt from the prevailing wage or common construction wage law, ensuring that workers are paid fairly for their work on public projects. Democrats also succeeded in pressuring Republicans to take a permanent ban on public employee bargaining off the table in the House and to remove from consideration legislation that would have allowed for the private takeover of public schools.