Indiana AFL-CIO

As we all know, Governor Daniels and Republicans in control of the Statehouse pulled out all the stops to ram the overwhelmingly unpopular "right to work" bill down our throats in the last legislaitve session. They tried to block us from getting into the Statehouse, prevented us from testifying at committee hearings and made up statistics and stories to support their false claims.

Now, they've been caught in another lie.

This afternoon the Associated Press published this article, and it speaks for itself.

Company denies right-to-work reason for expansion
"While it's not shocking, it's disappointing that our officials would stoop to this level in order to deceive the public which they are supposed to represent."3/15/2012
by Tom Lobianco, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana company cited as an example of a business expanding because of the state's new right-to-work law says the labor legislation wasn't a factor in its decision.

Gov. Mitch Daniels says more than 30 companies have inquired about moving to Indiana since he signed the law making Indiana the 23rd state to ban unions from collecting mandatory fees for representation. The only company he has named publicly is MBC Group.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation issued a statement in which company president Eric Holloway said expanding its Brookville, Ind., site was a "no-brainer" because of right-to-work and other factors.

Holloway says he did not notice the reference to right to work when he approved the statement and says the law had no effect on his decision to expand.

While it's not shocking, it's disappointing that our officials would stoop to this level in order to deceive the public which they are supposed to represent. It's equally disgusting that the administration is clearly pressuring businesses that are applicants for or recipients of state economic development incentives into furthering this deception.

This should cast doubt on any future claim made about this legislation's economic impact.

Remember in November!