(WHAS11) -- Indiana is the first Rust Belt state to enact the contentious right to work labor law prohibiting labor contracts that require workers to pay union representation fees, after Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the bill Wednesday afternoon.
Thousands of people swarmed the Indiana Statehouse minutes after the Senate voted to pass the bill. Governor Mitch Daniels signed the bill into law just a few hours later.
The news spread from Indianapolis to southern Ind. where local union workers reacted.
“Is it the right to work, or is it the right for each man to bargain for himself? What chance do you think you stand if you were bargaining by yourself," said Joe Edd Boyd.
Supporters of the new law said workers should have the choice to decide if they want to financially back a union.
"Well, we have so many of our choices taken away from us now and it just seems like the more choices you lose, the more independence you lose," said Stewart Dennison.
Workers promised the fight is not over. They have vowed to protest in Indianapolis and also called for the Super Bowl to be cancelled.