Libertarian candidate for governor Rupert Boneham said Tuesday he will fight to repeal the right-to-work law if elected.
He said as an active and proud union member he doesn't believe someone should be forced to join or pay fees to another group as a condition of employment.
But his stronger conviction is that the state has "NO authority or right to legislate contracts between a private company and its workforce."
He pointed out that negotiations over a "closed shop" could have been used as a positive trade during contract talks. For instance, those involved in negotiations could have traded compulsory union membership for things like merit over seniority or lower health care costs.
"Some in this race to be Indiana's next Governor are shying away from the RTW discussion. While they're saying things like 'It's time to move beyond this...', I am proudly and loudly saying that, as Governor, I will fight to repeal this intrusion into private businesses," Boneham said. "I will work to restore the legally contracted rights of private workers and unions. Together, we will repeal this, like we did in 1965."
Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Gregg issued a statement about moving past the issue. He later had to clarify his support of union members.
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