Town hall meeting heats up over Right-to-Work legislation

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 29 at 1:03 AM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – A town hall meeting got heated Saturday as New Albany residents sounded off on Indiana's Right-to-Work legislation.

Republican Senator Ron Grooms organized the meeting to give residents a chance to voice their opinions on the issue.

The Right-to-Work proposal would ban unions from collecting mandatory representation fees from workers.

One woman said the state is shoving the bill down people's throats.

“Because I feel that it's going to lower wages, it is not going to bring jobs to this community. We have talked to many of the house people and many of the senate people and they cannot name one company that will come to Indiana if it's a Right-to-Work state," said resident Helen Abernathy.

The house voted 55 to 41 to pass the bill and it is now headed to the senate and could reach Governor Mitch Daniels' desk next month.

Senator Grooms plans to hold two more meetings: the first will be on February 11 at the Clarksville Town Hall and the second is February 19 at the Jeffersonville City Hall.

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