Labor

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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Key symphony fundraising campaign far exceeded goal

February 7, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra said Thursday that it far surpassed its $5 million goal for a fundraising campaign that helped lock in a long-term contract for the ISO's musicians. The campaign raised a total of $8.5 million.
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Symphony within $1 million of key fundraising goal

January 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians are hoping they'll be able to move forward with a new five-year labor contract even though the ISO is still about $900,000 short of reaching an important $5 million fundraising target only a week before the deadline.
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Unions suffer sharp decline in membership

January 23, 2013
Associated Press
Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s. In Indiana, where a new right-to-work law took effect last March, the state lost about 56,000 union members.
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Judge dismisses Indiana right-to-work law challenge

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon in Hammond ruled that none of the union's arguments against the law could succeed in federal court, although a challenge could still be made in state courts.
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Michigan's right-to-work law could change Indiana's economic development pitchRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Dan Human
As the controversial provision spreads to other states in the region, Indiana is likely to give more weight to its other selling points.
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REWIND: IBJ's top 10 business stories of 2012

December 26, 2012
Top 10 business stories of 2012 Watch
                           VideoThe state's labor landscape changed, and the housing market improved. Indianapolis basked in the glow of a flawless Super Bowl, and big-name CEOs were shown the door. IBJ's reporters and editors recall the year's biggest stories.
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Michigan becomes latest right-to-work state

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
Michigan lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to right-to-work legislation, dealing a devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labor in a state that has been a cradle of the movement for generations.
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Allison Transmission workers approve labor contracts

November 29, 2012
Dan Human
More than 1,500 hourly workers in Indianapolis ratified new five-year contracts, the automotive supplier announced Thursday.
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Glass factory's safety under state's lens yet againRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Dan Human
Union leaders say working conditions are improving at the Pilkington glass factory in Shelbyville, but an employee’s injury in October has led to another visit from state safety officials and possibly more fines.
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Hostess, union unsuccessful in court-ordered mediation

November 20, 2012
Associated Press
The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second-biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge will decide if the company can close its operations.
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Hope for Hostess? Judge pushes sides into mediation

November 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
Hostess Brands Inc. will hold talks with its bakery workers’ union on Tuesday to explore the reasons for a strike that the maker of Twinkies and Wonder bread said will force it to liquidate.
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Allison Transmission, union reach tentative agreement

November 16, 2012
Dan Human
Members of United Auto Workers Local 933 must vote in favor of the five-year collective bargaining agreements before they would go into effect.
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Hostess to close all plants, fire thousands of workers

November 16, 2012
Dan Human, Bloomberg News
Hostess Brands Inc. said Friday it will close all of its plants, leading to the loss of hundreds of jobs in Indiana and thousands more nationwide. The company employs 288 in Indianapolis.
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Hostess says liquidation decision expected Friday

November 15, 2012
Associated Press
Hostess Brands said it likely won't make an announcement until Friday morning on whether it will move to liquidate its business, after the company had set a Thursday deadline for striking employees to return to work.
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Allison negotiators extend contracts until next week

November 15, 2012
Dan Human
The commercial transmission maker's existing contracts, which were set to expire at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, will remain in force until noon Nov. 21.
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Hostess: Firm to liquidate unless workers return Thursday

November 14, 2012
Dan Human
The maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies said it doesn't have the financial resources to survive the ongoing strike by the bakers' union.
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Allison Transmission workers may strike this week

November 13, 2012
Dan Human
Members of United Auto Workers Local 933, which represents roughly 1,500 hourly workers, could declare a strike if negotiators do not reach an agreement with Allison Transmission by a Wednesday deadline.
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IU: Growth of Indiana’s labor force slowing rapidly

November 13, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Business Research Center attributes the predicted slowdown during the next 30 years to an increasing number of baby boomers entering retirement and a cresting of the decades-long rise in female labor force participation.
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Hostess plant closings so far spare Indy, Columbus

November 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies said it is permanently closing plants in Cincinnati, Seattle and St. Louis. The company has about 875 workers in Indiana, about half of them members of the striking bakers' union.
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Hostess mulling Indiana plant closures after walkout

November 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
A Hostess spokesman said the company is debating whether it will close its Indiana plants after workers went on strike on Friday. Hostess employs about 875 workers in Indiana, including 288 in Indianapolis.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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