Labor

High court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
The ruling is a setback for labor unions that have bolstered their ranks — and bank accounts — in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care workers.
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High court to hear appeal of right-to-work law

May 9, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments in September on Indiana's appeal of a judge's ruling declaring the state's right-to-work law unconstitutional.
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Witnesses oppose labor ruling on college athletes

May 8, 2014
Associated Press
Baylor University President Ken Starr voiced strong opposition Thursday to a regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are technically school employees and thus entitled to collective bargaining rights.
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Private colleges may be among first to see fallout from NLRB ruling

April 5, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
A March 26 decision by the National Labor Relations Board to let football players at Northwestern University unionize could trigger a tidal wave of changes across college athletics, including in Indiana, and for the NCAA itself.
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Football labor decision might hurt schools, Moody's says

March 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Lawsuits challenging amateurism in U.S. college sports may result in higher costs for universities and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Moody’s Investors Service said Thursday.
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Northwestern football ruling seen changing college sports

March 26, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
In a stunning ruling that could revolutionize a college sports industry worth billions of dollars and have dramatic repercussions for the Indianapolis-based NCAA, a federal agency said Wednesday that players at Northwestern can unionize.
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Obama seeks overtime pay for more salaried workers

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job.
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Republic on board with 4-year contract for pilots

February 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. on Friday announced that it has reached a tentative agreement on a contract with the union that represents more than 2,200 of it pilots.
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Workers not owed for changing time, Supreme Court rules

January 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Companies in many cases don’t have to pay workers for the time they spend putting on and taking off safety gear, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, siding with U.S. Steel Corp. in a lawsuit by 800 workers.
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Postal Service, union wrangle over Staples outlets

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not postal workers, and labor officials say that move replaces good-paying union jobs with low-wage, nonunion workers.
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Right-to-work backers target three more states

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
Buoyed by recent successes in the Midwest, conservatives and business groups are targeting at least three additional states for new efforts that could weaken labor unions by ending their ability to collect mandatory bargaining fees.
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New AFL-CIO head aims to educate, mobilize locally

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
The state's labor movement needs to revitalize itself at the community level and get more labor-friendly candidates elected to office, the new president of the Indiana State AFL-CIO said Wednesday.
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Indiana AFL-CIO ousts leader from right-to-work fight

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana State AFL-CIO has elected a new president, replacing the labor union's leader who directed its unsuccessful campaign to block passage of the state's right-to-work law.
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Pizza Hut offers job back to man who refused to work Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013
Associated Press
The pizza chain's corporate office issued a statement saying it respects an employee's right to not work on the holiday and that the store owner has agreed to reinstate the employee.
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Indiana judge finds portion of right-to-work law unconstitutional

September 9, 2013
Associated Press
A Lake County judge has ruled that Indiana's right-to-work law violates a provision in the state constitution barring the delivery of services "without just compensation." The law will stay in effect while an appeal to the state Supreme Court is prepared.
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Veteran labor lawyer Mallamad joins Barnes & ThornburgRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Jeffrey Mallamad came from Bingham Greenebaum Doll, where he had chaired the labor and employment practice group.
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Teamsters chief smacks down local pilots union

May 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Teamsters President James Hoffa wants to rein in leaders of the pilots union at Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc.
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Union looks to settle with workers over right-to-work issue

May 17, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A local union charged with violating Indiana’s right-to-work law is hoping to settle with six workers who say their dues were improperly collected.
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Workers allege improper collection of union dues

May 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis operations of a Canadian paper company and a Teamsters-affiliated local union violated Indiana’s right-to-work law, according to the allegations of six men who want out of the union.
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Republic Airways fires president of pilots union

May 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The move comes after years of unfruitful contract negotiations between the Indianapolis-based firm and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 357.
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Work rules split pilots, RepublicRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Republic Airways Holdings and the union that represents its pilots are so far apart in contract talks that the National Mediation Board in Washington, D.C., won’t schedule more meetings between the parties. Republic has agreed to higher pay, but the union wants significant changes to work rules that affect quality of life and, the union insists, passenger safety.
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Indiana union membership at lowest level in 24 years

March 23, 2013
Associated Press
Experts say that former Gov. Mitch Daniels' decision to end collective bargaining for state workers in 2005 contributed to the drop.
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Crane workers to protest federal budget cuts

March 12, 2013
Associated Press
Workers at southern Indiana's Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center are planning a protest of furloughs and pay freezes stemming from the automatic federal budget cuts.
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Union workers at Goshen's Cequent plant take severance deal

February 23, 2013
Associated Press
The trailer-hitch manufacturer plans to close the 450-employee plant and move operations to Mexico. Union workers voted Friday to forego arbitration and accept a severance agreement that will pay the most senior employees $36,000.
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Bill to ban Indiana teacher union deductions advances

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans sparked protests from teachers and union officials Tuesday by pushing legislation through a House committee that would bar Indiana schools from automatically deducting union dues from teacher paychecks, an issue that critics thought was off the table this year.
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  2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

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