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Written by Administrator 24 May 2011

The fight goes on

Brothers and Sisters:

While the 2011 Indiana General Assembly has come to an end, the war on workers is not over.  They came after us in 2011 and we know they’ll be back in 2012.

With your help and the help of more than 75,000 working men and women who came to the Statehouse for six straight weeks we stood up against the most anti-worker agenda  in Indiana history. We were able to defeat, stop or soften several anti-worker bills, such as the falsely labeled right to work bill, but others did become law.

The Republican majorities in the Indiana House of Representatives and Indiana State Senate forced through legislation to ban or restrict the collective bargaining rights of school employees, teachers and state workers, they diluted the common construction wage act, chose to divert already scarce funds from public schools to private and charter schools and dramatically reduced unemployment benefits for struggling Hoosiers in favor of a huge tax break for businesses.

This summer the Republicans plan to renew their attacks on us as they hold summer study committee meetings on several pieces of legislation that were previously defeated. Among the topics that will be considered during these hearings are a right to work bill, a ban on project labor agreements, further changes to the unemployment benefits system and measures to reduce wages through the state’s economic development policies.

The damage that will be caused by this corporate funded assault on working people will be felt by generations of  Indiana families. We can’t sit by and let them have their way.

In the coming weeks and months, I ask that you stay engaged and stay enraged.  In conjunction with your Central Labor Councils and local unions, the Indiana State AFL-CIO is planning several events throughout the state to spread the word about our ongoing fight and to build pressure on state legislators and all elected officials. We’ll also be asking you to come back to the Statehouse throughout the summer and early fall to protest measures before the various summer study committees and to participate in local events as well.

In the meantime, we urge you to continue to write letters to the editor, talk to your family, friends and co-workers and make sure everyone you know is registered to vote.
Also, please encourage your co-workers to sign up for our email blasts so they can stay informed too.

Together we can stand up to these attacks and preserve our rights, our wages and our way of life for the next generation of Hoosier workers.


Thank you

Nancy Guyott
President
Indiana State AFL-CIO

To join us on Facebook, please click here.  


Written by Administrator 23 May 2011

House Bill 1216 Passes Both Indiana House and Senate

Despite all our efforts, House Bill 1216 passed the Indiana Senate 30-20 and the Indiana House 52-47.  It is now on its way to Governor Daniels who is expected to sign it.  Please click on the above votes to see the roll calls.

Thank you for all your effort to kill this bill.  More information to come.

In Solidarity,

Pete Rimsans

Executive Director 

Written by Administrator 06 May 2011

2011 End of Session Legislative Report

Let me start by thanking everyone for the phone calls, the emails, the statehouse visits, and getting everyone to the rally.  The 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly was one of the worst we have seen for years, and without your efforts, it would have been much worse.  Thanks to everyone's efforts, we successfully killed the falsely-labeled right-to-work legislation and efforts to ban project labor agreements.

The battle, however, is not over.  For the foreseeable future, it is going to take a similar effort if we are to keep building Indiana and the middle class.  Our elected officials need to understand that our highroad model of efficiency, and our concentration on apprenticeship and training, has created the highly skilled workforce that is the Indiana Union Construction Industry.  When they attempt to bring us down, they are bringing America down.

Click the link below to view a quick breakdown of what happened during the very long and tumultuous legislative session. 

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The fight goes on

Brothers and Sisters:

While the 2011 Indiana General Assembly has come to an end, the war on workers is not over.  They came after us in 2011 and we know they’ll be back in 2012.

With your help and the help of more than 75,000 working men and women who came to the Statehouse for six straight weeks we stood up against the most anti-worker agenda  in Indiana history. We were able to defeat, stop or soften several anti-worker bills, such as the falsely labeled right to work bill, but others did become law.

The Republican majorities in the Indiana House of Representatives and Indiana State Senate forced through legislation to ban or restrict the collective bargaining rights of school employees, teachers and state workers, they diluted the common construction wage act, chose to divert already scarce funds from public schools to private and charter schools and dramatically reduced unemployment benefits for struggling Hoosiers in favor of a huge tax break for businesses.

This summer the Republicans plan to renew their attacks on us as they hold summer study committee meetings on several pieces of legislation that were previously defeated. Among the topics that will be considered during these hearings are a right to work bill, a ban on project labor agreements, further changes to the unemployment benefits system and measures to reduce wages through the state’s economic development policies.

The damage that will be caused by this corporate funded assault on working people will be felt by generations of  Indiana families. We can’t sit by and let them have their way.

In the coming weeks and months, I ask that you stay engaged and stay enraged.  In conjunction with your Central Labor Councils and local unions, the Indiana State AFL-CIO is planning several events throughout the state to spread the word about our ongoing fight and to build pressure on state legislators and all elected officials. We’ll also be asking you to come back to the Statehouse throughout the summer and early fall to protest measures before the various summer study committees and to participate in local events as well.

In the meantime, we urge you to continue to write letters to the editor, talk to your family, friends and co-workers and make sure everyone you know is registered to vote.
Also, please encourage your co-workers to sign up for our email blasts so they can stay informed too.

Together we can stand up to these attacks and preserve our rights, our wages and our way of life for the next generation of Hoosier workers.


Thank you

Nancy Guyott
President
Indiana State AFL-CIO

To join us on Facebook, please click here.  

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House Bill 1216 Passes Both Indiana House and Senate

Despite all our efforts, House Bill 1216 passed the Indiana Senate 30-20 and the Indiana House 52-47.  It is now on its way to Governor Daniels who is expected to sign it.  Please click on the above votes to see the roll calls.

Thank you for all your effort to kill this bill.  More information to come.

In Solidarity,

Pete Rimsans

Executive Director 

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2011 End of Session Legislative Report

Let me start by thanking everyone for the phone calls, the emails, the statehouse visits, and getting everyone to the rally.  The 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly was one of the worst we have seen for years, and without your efforts, it would have been much worse.  Thanks to everyone's efforts, we successfully killed the falsely-labeled right-to-work legislation and efforts to ban project labor agreements.

The battle, however, is not over.  For the foreseeable future, it is going to take a similar effort if we are to keep building Indiana and the middle class.  Our elected officials need to understand that our highroad model of efficiency, and our concentration on apprenticeship and training, has created the highly skilled workforce that is the Indiana Union Construction Industry.  When they attempt to bring us down, they are bringing America down.

Click the link below to view a quick breakdown of what happened during the very long and tumultuous legislative session. 

View and Download the PDF File

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House Bill 1216 Passes Both Indiana House and Senate

Despite all our efforts, House Bill 1216 passed the Indiana Senate 30-20 and the Indiana House 52-47.  It is now on its way to Governor Daniels who is expected to sign it.  Please click on the above votes to see the roll calls.

Thank you for all your effort to kill this bill.  More information to come.

In Solidarity,

Pete Rimsans

Executive Director

  

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URGENT: Contact your State Senator now!

Brothers and Sisters,

As we head into the final days of the 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly, we need your help – and your voices – now more than ever. Working people remain under attack.

Yesterday the Indiana General Assembly advanced several pieces of legislation that harm Hoosier working families and today the State Senate will consider two pieces of legislation that, if passed, would significantly harm our public schools.

However, we still have time to make a difference.

This afternoon the State Senate will vote on House Bill 1003, the school voucher bill, which takes taxpayer dollars away from the public schools and transfers them to private and religious schools and to the parents of those who choose to home school.  If passed, this will be devastating to our kids, their futures and the future of our state’s public education system. WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO DEFEATING THIS BILL. 

We have also just learned that Republican State Senator Carlin Yoder has filed an amendment (Amendment #18) to the State Budget bill, which is on second reading today in the Senate, that would ban the collection of union dues.    

Please take a second to click here to email you State Senator now or call them at 1-800-382-9467 and tell them to vote ‘no’ on House Bill 1003 and to vote ‘no’ on amendment #18 to the State Budget bill.


In addition to those pieces of legislation, the following anti-working family bills are moving forward in the legislative process:

Senate Bill 001: Teacher Merit Pay.  This bill was amended on Tuesday in the House of Representatives but still unfairly targets teachers. It is now eligible for an up or down vote in the House as early as Wednesday.  

House Bill 1001: State Budget Bill. The budget bill contains a prohibition on state employee collective bargaining.  This ban encompasses all statewide elected offices and bodies corporate and politic, but excludes political subdivisions and state universities.  In addition, this language rewrites the personnel code so as to take civil service rights from as many state employees as permitted by federal law.  We are working to improve this portion of the budget bill to the extent feasible. 

Senate Bill 575: Limiting Collective Bargaining Rights for School Employees.  This bill severely limits bargaining rights for teachers, cafeteria workers, janitors, bus drivers and other school employees.  The Senate voted to concur (30-19) with the changes the House made to this bill on Tuesday and it now goes to Governor Daniels for his signature. If any provisions of this bill are not to become law, additional language will have to be passed in another bill.  

House Bill 1216: Common Construction Wage Act.  This bill effectively guts Indiana’s Common Construction Wage Act, providing a committee appointment to the anti-union contractors and prohibiting any definition of the terms skilled, semi-skilled and un-skilled workers – the very terms that determine the wage which must be paid to the worker.  It passed the Senate on Tuesday (27-22).  As a procedural matter, this bill now returns to the House, which can elect to consent to the Senate’s changes or to dissent and send the bill to conference committee.  Practically speaking, if any provisions of this bill are not to become law, it may be necessary to pass additional language in another bill. 

Please pay close attention to your email inbox for updates as we learn about the status of these remaining bills, and please continue to reach out to your State Senators and State Representatives.

Click here to email your State Senator and encourage them to reconsider these decisions and to work to correct the injustices they have created with this anti-worker agenda.  

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Indiana Senate Votes to Gut Indiana's Common Construction Wage Law

Despite a fury of calls and emails and an intense lobbying effort from Building Tradesmen and women, the Indiana Senate passed HB 1216 with a 27-22 vote

The bill next goes to back to the Indiana House for a concurrence vote (a vote to agree with the Senate changes).  If the concurrence vote passes, it goes to the governor for approval and will most likely become law.

The Senate changes to HB 1216 include the following:

1)  Stripping the Common Construction Wage determinations of apprenticeship language and the definitions of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled, thus leaving the statute without definition and unenforceable;

2)  Giving the "Industry" appointee on the 5-member common construction wage to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and taking the appointment away from the awarding agency, thus boxing out our contractors.  (We have 4,000 contractors; they have 400, go figure?);  

3) Removing the requirement that ABC and Building Trades wage information submitted to wage committees be done under penalty of perjury.

As the bill left the House, it already increased the threshold for applicability from $150,000 to $250,000 on January 1, 2012 and then to $350,000 on January 1, 2013.  These increases remove wage scales from almost 50% of public works projects in Indiana.

Our immediate fight now shifts back to the House, where HB 1216 previously passed, 54-44.  We need to evaluate the previous House roll call and work to get four state representatives that voted no the first time to support the Building Trades.

This vote will most likely occur on Thursday, but possibly earlier.

 

Pete Rimsans

Executive Director 

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Wisconsin: From Outrage to Action

 Wow. When AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka sent out an email this morning about Wisconsin, our site got so much traffic it was overwhelmed and people couldn’t get through to it for about an hour.

If you weren’t able to take action earlier today, do it now. Go here:


http://act.aflcio.org/c/18/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1691

Since Senate Republicans rammed through a bill in the dead of night last night, the response has been overwhelming. Please, read President Trumka’s email below, and make your voice heard.

http://act.aflcio.org/c/18/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1691

 

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Rally Attendance

 Thank you to everyone for your hard work and participation in making today's Rally a success.  Although the media is reporting 8,000 in attendance, we have heard numbers as high as 32,000.  Based on the 12,000+ that arrived by bus, we believe the attendance numbers to be at least 25,000! 

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Stand Up for Hoosiers Protest

 

Brothers and Sisters,

Now in day 12 of the "Stand Up for Hoosiers" protests, we continue to make history as the largest and longest sustained rally in Indiana history!
 

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Prevailing Wage Laws

The prevailing wage laws have a great affect on our livelihood.  Know what they are.  Click on the links below to read the attached articles:

ANALYSIS OF SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION COSTS IN OHIO AND INDIANA

The Effect of State Prevailing Wage Laws on Total Construction Costs

 

 

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Right to Work

The truth about so called Right-to Work Laws!

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Indiana workers simply cannot afford the so Called Right-To-Work Laws! 

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Read real reports with real facts aboud Right-To-Work laws

Indiana University Report on "Right-to-Work" in Indiana

"Right-to-Work" laws are terrible economic development policy for any state. Read more from the Economic Policy Insitute:

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Real Questions with Real Answers About So-Called "Right-to-Work" Laws

Facts you need to know about the Right-To-Work laws.

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