Republican Governors can’t confront Democrat no shows
Union busting appears to be a Republican conspiracy. The counter play is Democrat legislators are on strike. Now that is an interesting twist though so appropriate.
“Amid Union Protests, More Democrats Go On the Lam -- This Time in Indiana
Published February 22, 2011
It looks like Democrats have found a new strategy to block Republican majorities from enacting anti-union legislation: fleeing the state.
Taking a page from Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin, legislators in Indiana have apparently fled the state rather than vote on an anti-union bill, a source told the Indianapolis Star on Wednesday.
And they were headed to Illinois, the same state that Wisconsin Democrats fled to last week to block a bill that would limit the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions while forcing members to contribute more to their pensions and health care plans.In Indiana, Democrats could force so-called right-to-work legislation to miss a Tuesday procedural deadline for consideration. That bill would prohibit union representation fees from being a condition of employment.
A source told the newspaper that some Indiana Democrats might head to Kentucky. They need to avoid a state with a Republican governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to their home states.
Union members from throughout Indiana protest several anti-labor bills outside the Senate chambers at the Indiana Statehouse, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Indianapolis. (AP)
tried to begin Tuesday's session, leaving it with too few members for a quorum. At the same time, hundreds of union members crowd the adjourning hallways in protest of a contentious labor bill.
Rep. Terri Austin of Anderson said her fellow Democrats were studying proposed legislation and couldn't predict when they would return. Bosma says he hadn't heard from Democratic leaders and that he wouldn't negotiate with people not doing their jobs.
The legislation has drawn strong opposition from union groups, who had several hundred members at the Statehouse for a second day after a GOP-led committee voted Monday to send the bill to the full House.
Union members watching from the House gallery and hallway outside cheered as Bosma put off House business until later Tuesday.
Bosma said he hadn't heard from Democratic leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, and that he wouldn't negotiate with people not doing their jobs, alluding to the deadlock in Wisconsin over labor legislation that led Senate Democrats there to leave the state.
"He's taken a page out of the Wisconsin Senate playbook apparently and is shirking the job that they were hired to do," Bosma said.
Austin said Republicans have put forth a radical agenda that will hurt families and that Democratic proposals have been rejected out of hand.
"This has become, unfortunately, one of the most partisan sessions I've ever seen in the Statehouse," she said. "We're prepared to take whatever legal steps are necessary to save this state and to save the families and the children.
Austin said Democratic legislators hadn't left the city.”