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Right-to-work polling released

INDIANAPOLIS – A top state union released a poll Wednesday showing that Hoosiers – including Republicans – oppose right-to-work legislation.

The poll's findings are in contrast to an Indiana Chamber of Commerce survey from earlier this year finding support for the measure.

A news release on the new poll, commissioned by the AFL-CIO, showed just 38 percent of Hoosier voters favor passage of the controversial bill, while 47 percent are opposed.

The survey also finds that 67 percent of Hoosiers disagree with Statehouse Republicans' decision to make "right to work" their top priority and wish they would move on to other issues.

"With so many hardworking families struggling, this poll clearly shows that Hoosiers' patience for these divisive and partisan attacks has run out. The numbers – among Democrats, Republicans and Independents – all show that Hoosiers are ready to move away from "right to work" and onto more important issues like fixing the economy," said Indiana State AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott.

Right-to-work legislation would prohibit unions and employers from agreeing on a contract clause that requires all workers covered by a contract to pay union dues or representation fees as a condition of employment.

Unions would still be required under federal law to negotiate on behalf of all employees and any contract would cover all employees.

Some might consider the language of the question to be a push poll – which means it is worded in a way to get a specific response.

It starts with this statement – "Experts say that a Right to Work law would result in many fewer Indiana workers having union representation, as is the case in other states with these laws such as Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas."

Then the primary question asks, "Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose passing a Right to Work law that would result in many fewer Indiana workers having union representation?"

The Chamber poll, released in January, found 69 percent of Hoosiers support passage of such legislation.

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