Ind. poised for right-to-work era; protest planned

TOM LoBIANCO Associated Press Published:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana is poised to become the Rust Belt's first right-to-work state, prohibiting labor contracts that require workers to pay union representation fees.

Lawmakers are expected to pass the legislation Wednesday that would make Indiana the first state in a decade to enact a right-to-work law.

Debate over the issue has roiled the Statehouse as union protesters prepared to voice their displeasure on downtown streets bustling with Super Bowl festivities.

Opponents have accused Republicans of rushing the bill to avoid disrupting the Feb. 5 Super Bowl. The AFL-CIO planned a Statehouse rally and a march through downtown after the vote.

About 75 marchers weaved through packed crowds in the Super Bowl Village to protest the measure.

The bill next would head to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who says he'll sign it.