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'Right to Work for Less' rally planned in Fort Wayne

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 7:55 am

Local elected officials, Democratic officials, union officials and others will gather at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 166, 2930 Ludwig Road, to speak against what some are calling the "Right to Work for Less" measure being considered in the Indiana General Assembly.

The "right-to-work" measure, which prompted a walkout by Statehouse Democrats during the last session, would forbid businesses and labor from negotiating contracts that require workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, LaGrange County Economic Development Corp., Economic Development Group of Wabash County, Wells County Economic Development and Whitley County Economic Development Corp. joined the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership in passing board resolutions in support of the passage of right to work.

Regional Chamber Executive Director Matt Bell said in a statement, “Right to work is about opportunity. Northeast Indiana communities have created sites that are shovel ready, developed unique incentive packages and adopted regulatory practices that are pro-development and pro-growth. Yet, northeast Indiana loses out on between 33-50 percent of business expansion opportunities based solely on the fact that Indiana is not a right-to-work state. Our communities don't even get the chance to compete for every project that could bring new jobs. When right-to-work passes, I am more than confident that northeast Indiana's talented workforce and strong work ethic will attract new employers.”