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Revisiting Right to Work

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

I was reviewing my Facebook timeline this morning and it reminded me that it was five years ago that Indiana became a “Right to Work” (RTW) state. In case you forgot, RTW simply means you can’t be compelled to join a union as a condition of your employment. I immediately flashbacked to the protests at […]

Looks Like Right to Work is Working Right

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

One of the big questions about Right to Work is would it actually produce any jobs?  It sure looks like it. According to the  Indiana Chamber of Commerce, since RTW was passed 45 companies have told the state that RTW will factor into their decision-making process in choosing where to relocate. Out of those 39, […]

AT & T, the CWA and RTW

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

As of midnight the contract between AT & T and and the Communications Workers of America will have expired and that means Indiana’s new Right to Work will kick in for the hundred of employees who are union members here in the Hoosier State. Under RTW, a worker cannot be compelled to pay union fees […]

Unions Sue over Right to Work

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

A while back, I reported that labor was looking at filing a lawsuit to block Right to Work.  Well, they did. In a news release put out late Wednesday afternoon, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 filed suit in federal court claiming RTW violates for the state and federal constitutions. The are seeking […]

Time for Unions to Get Right to Work

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

The Associated Press is reporting this morning that Indiana Unions are making a desperate bid in shops and labor halls across the state to keep their members from bolting.  I say, good, and I wish them luck. This stems from the passage of “right to work” which now makes it illegal  for an employer to […]

Super Bowl Winners & Losers 2.0

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

My good friend Jon Easter has posted at his blog, Indy Democrat,  a list of his Super Bowl 2012 ‘Winners and Losers.”  For the most part, I think Jon gets his list right.  The city of Indianapolis and the Mannings are obvious winners, while New England is the obvious loser.  However my Internet counterpart misses […]

Two Perspectives on RTW

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

As Indiana lawmakers get ready to make Indiana the 23rd Right to Work state in the country, I wanted to put up two interviews that I conducted this week. I spoke with JR Gaylor of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana and Brent Voorhies of the Central Indiana Labor Council.  Both offer some interesting […]

So Where Exactly Are We with Right to Work and a Referendum?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Usually when writing about political events things move at a relatively steady pace.  An event occurs, we scribe about it, a subsequent event happens after that, we write about it and so on and so on.  However, with the “right to work” debate over at the Indiana General Assembly, events have been moving so quickly […]

Union Threat or Promise?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

I was already to scribble down a thought or two tonight about the latest on the walkout (TRO issued on fines, whether Dems will be back next week, Super Bowl protests, etc).  And then this came across my laptop.  Enjoy… Call it a threat or promise.  A letter sent out by the IBEW #725 in […]

No More “Mr. Nice Speaker”!!!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says if Democrats don’t show up for work at 9 a.m. Wednesday, he will start levying $1,000 a day fines.  Democrats say they have no intention of paying. The fines are the result of a tumultuous afternoon at the Statehouse where Democrats refused to come back from an afternoon caucus […]