"I hear all the time from union members extremely unhappy with the representation they get from their unions," he said. "Unions don't have to compete for your loyalty."
Union organizers said they are worried about tensions growing in workplaces as members decide whether they will pay or not. The big tests for Indiana's unions will be at car companies like Chrysler represented by the United Autoworkers in central Indiana and at the steel plants in northwest Indiana, near Chicago, that are organized by the United Steel Workers.
"I'm kind of worried that tempers flare between folks. We could see some fights. I don't want to see it come to that," Hugunin said.
Oklahoma AFL-CIO President Jimmy Curry, said unions there have avoided severe losses by maintaining good communication with workers and providing the workplace help they wanted most.
"We were doing it before and we're doing it still," he said. "Right-to-work didn't change any of that."
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