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Politics Indiana becomes first Rust-Belt 'right to work' state. Will others follow?

Laws that curtail union clout have faced heated opposition in Wisconsin and Ohio, making passage of 'right to work' laws in other industrial states a difficult political proposition.

Michael Conroy/AP

After a protracted battle, Indiana Wednesday elected to make union dues optional for workers in union jobs. It’s the first state in more than 10 years to adopt a so-called right-to-work law and the first state ever in the industrial Midwest to go that route. 

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