Indiana Senate Gives Final Approval to Right-to-Work
Union protesters march through Super Bowl Village, vow payback at polls
Protesters march through the Super Bowl Village after Right-to-Work legislation passes the Indiana Senate. (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)
After a month of protests, walkouts and bitter debate, Indiana will become the 23rd right-to-work state.
The Senate gave final approval to right-to-work 28-22, unchanged from the first vote on the bill last month. Nine Republicans joined Democrats in voting no.
Minority Leader Vi Simpson (D-Bloomington) made one final speech against the bill, then followed thousands of protesters outside to urge them to take revenge at the polls in November: Simpson says Democrats "got lazy" after President Obama's victory in Indiana in 2008, and paid for it with the 2010 landslide that gave Republicans control of the House and a walkout-proof majority in the Senate.
"Since the 2010 election, we have been on the attack in this statehouse," Simpson declared. "We've attacked women. We've attacked immigrants. We've attacked the poor and the old, and we've attacked children. We've attacked public schools. And now they're going after your bread and butter."
Protesters marched from the statehouse through Indy's Super Bowl Village and past Lucas Oil Stadium, finishing in front of the NFL Network tent as zipline riders soared overhead.
Visitors seemed to view the protest as part of the week's spectacle, taking videos and watching with interest. Their expressions turned more disapproving when the marchers chanted "No Super Bowl":-- one onlooker retorted, "Yes, Super Bowl! Why don't you want the Super Bowl? What'd Super Bowl do to y'all?"
Governor Daniels signed the bill into law about three hours after its passage by the Senate. It takes effect for contracts signed after March 14, the day the legislature adjourns.
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