Indiana passes right-to-work law, further isolating Kentucky
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a right-to-work bill into law yesterday, making Indiana the 23rd state in the nation with a law that protects workers from being required to join a union in order to obtain or retain a job. The Chamber strongly believes that union membership should be a matter of personal choice, and the freedom not to affiliate with a union is no less deserving of protection than the freedom to affiliate. Kentucky is the only southern state without the law, which is often one of the key factors for site selection experts in making location decisions for companies. States with right-to-work laws report faster per capita income growth, faster growth in manufacturing jobs, greater capital expenditures, lower unemployment and fewer work stoppages. With Indiana now the first rust-belt state to pass right-to-work, Kentucky stands to be a conspicuous outlier in this much needed area of reform.