Indiana Dems Protest Union Bill

    House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, center,reacts to the speech by Rep. Terry Goodin, D-Austin, during an open caucus meeting in the Statehouse Rotunda Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in Indianapolis. Indiana House Republicans on Wednesday approved $1,000-a-day fines against boycotting Democratic legislators who gathered in the Statehouse Rotunda with labor union supporters rather than show up to start debating a divisive right-to-work bill.  Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, is seated at left.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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    It costs to protest. Indiana Republicans are trying to force Democratic lawmakers back to work by fining them $1,000 for every day they boycott legislative sessions over a right-to-work bill. Instead of attending yesterday’s session, the Democrats held a rally in the House rotunda yesterday protesting. The bill, which proponents call job-creating and critics call union-busting, would make it so workers at a union-represented workplace would not be required to pay dues. In response to the protest, Republicans voted to fine the Democrats. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer said Democrats would fight the fines in court.

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