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Posted at 1:34 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Indiana Democrats flee state legislature to avoid anti-union vote -- like Wisconsin counterparts

By Emi Kolawole

Indiana Democratic lawmakers are following the lead of their Wisconsin counterparts by leaving the legislature -- and their state -- to avoid a vote on anti-union legislation. Like the Wisconsin legislators, they're going to Illinois.

the Post's Greg Sargent reports all but two of the legislature's Democrats are leaving and heading to Illinois, setting the stage for a state government shutdown. The party needed to keep two Democrats in the state in order to make any necessary motions and block Republicans from moving the legislation through in the absence of a quorum.

The bill in question would prevent unions and companies from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to pay fees for representation. Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has said he supports his party's position in favor of the bill, but that the timing wasn't right for consideration of the measure.

The last stand-off of this nature happened in the mid-1990s, according to the Star. At the time, Republicans wanted to re-draw boundaries of a district that would otherwise have favored Democrats. The Democratic lawmakers won that confrontation, staying away for days before the plan was dropped.

The Wisconsin Democrats are attempting to block a budget proposal by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would eliminate union bargaining rights.

By Emi Kolawole  | February 22, 2011; 1:34 PM ET
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Every one has a right to come together and bargain this is not just a fundamental right for business, and you should not get representation if you don't pay for it. this is just another GOP act to kill the American dream.

P.S. latest pull show Wisconsin voter approve of the Dems actions and disapprove of Walker.

Posted by: Graham85 | February 22, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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