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Tag Archive: Indiana

  • Number Twenty-Three Stays Right to Work

    Posted on Nov 11, 2014 by Team

    In February 2012, advocates for employee rights welcomed Indiana as the 23rd state to pass a right-to-work law under which unions cannot force non-members to fund the union. Big Labor (specifically the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150) sued on the preposterous grounds that the law violated their free speech rights, among other things. […]

  • Big Labor Wants Their Dues

    Posted on Jun 18, 2013 by Team

    “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” So it was for Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III. So too it is today for former union members in Indiana. As we have previously written, Indiana became the 23rd right-to-work state back in March 2012. The centerpiece of the legislation liberated workers by allowing […]

  • It’s Always Sunny In Right To Work States

    Posted on Feb 08, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Several states are right on Michigan’s heels as they push to become the 25th right-to-work state. Missouri may soon take the lead — Republicans have taken supermajority control in both houses and are looking to give workers the freedom to work without having to pay a union. They have also proposed a paycheck protection law. But any bill to accomplish right-to-work […]

  • Union Sues Indiana on Right to Work; Cites Citizens United?

    Posted on Apr 10, 2012 by J. Justin Wilson

    According to President Obama, striking down the Affordable Care Act would be unforgivable judicial activism. According to his grassroots base, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision was an unjustifiable vote in favor of unbridled corporate power. But according to one union, Citizens United is proof that Indiana’s right-to-work law unconstitutionally infringes unions’ free speech rights—by […]

  • Democrats Return for Final Right-to-Work Vote

    Posted on Jan 26, 2012 by J. Justin Wilson

    In order to avoid giving Indiana House Republicans the quorum necessary to vote on right-to-work legislation, most House Democrats have been skipping work since the start of the 2012 legislative session. Yesterday, tax payers finally got their money’s worth when the Democrats showed up to the State House to do their job. After a flurry of passionate […]

  • Unions Could Disrupt Super Bowl

    Posted on Jan 20, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    The right-to-work battle is heating up in Indiana, and labor unions look desperate. So desperate in fact, that union leaders are contemplating disrupting the Super Bowl, which will be played in the Lucas Oil Stadium. The Associated Press reports that around 50 Indiana labor leaders met this week for the AFL-CIO’s “labor Table” to discuss […]

  • Indiana House Democrats Stall Democratic Process to Protect Unions

    Posted on Jan 12, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Back in November of 2011, Labor Pains told readers not to hold their breath for a 23rd right to work state. This is why. Close to a year after Indiana House Senate Democrats fled the state to protest Republican plans to curtail union rights, the legislators have employed a similar tactic to stall new right […]

  • Don’t Hold Your Breath for a 23rd Right to Work State

    Posted on Nov 23, 2011 by J. Justin Wilson

    After the successes of New Jersey’s Chris Christie and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker in tempering the power of public sector unions, the failure of Senate Bill 5 in Ohio was a difficult loss. But the desire to curb Big Labor’s power is not completely lost; Ohio and Indiana are proving otherwise – even if the odds are against them. […]