Suzanah Crouch, writing for the Evansville Courier Press, has an article on some back and forth on the impact of Indiana’s “right to work” law.
Dennis Dan Hasler, of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, says it’s going gangbusters – he collected quotes from company officials and everything who said the law was a significant consideration. Meanwhile, Nancy Guyott of the AFL-CIO pointed to at least one of those companies and said they were already coming to Indiana, so all the information provided by the IEDC is suspect.
I don’t think there is any reliable way to know at this point. Give the law 5 years and see if Hoosiers have more and better improvement in employment and wages over their more union-friendly counterparts in other states. Union folks are going to be skeptical of any reports that new jobs are “right to work” related; and the IEDC – no stranger to puffing up its job numbers – is going to characterize any new employment in the state as related to “right to work”. Friends and well-wishers of the current administration in those companies are likely willing to say “yeah, sure, right to work was a consideration.”