INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana is poised to become the first right-to-work state in more than a decade after the Republican-controlled House passed legislation on Wednesday banning unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers.
It is yet another blow to organized labor in the heavily unionized Midwest, which is home to many manufacturing jobs. Wisconsin last year stripped public unions of collective-bargaining rights.
The vote came after weeks of protest by minority Democrats who tried various tactics to stop the bill.
The House voted 54-44 Wednesday to make Indiana the nation's 23d right-to-work state. The measure is expected to face little opposition in Indiana's Republican-controlled Senate and could reach Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' desk shortly before the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Indianapolis.