Labor

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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Judge allows union suit against right-to-work law

October 18, 2012
Associated Press
A judge has rejected Indiana's bid to throw out a union challenge to the state's right-to-work law.
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ISO musicians take big pay cut to end contract dispute

October 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Management and musicians at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra have reached a labor-contract agreement, effectively ending a month-long lockout, the musicians' union announced Tuesday morning.
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Another symphony contract deadline passes without a deal

October 8, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians’ contract negotiations remain stalled and another week of concerts has been canceled after a Saturday deadline passed with no resolution.
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Hostess to cut wages for Indiana bakers in labor deal

October 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonderbread, has received the go-ahead from a U.S. bankruptcy court judge to lower wages for thousands of bakery workers, affecting more than 400 employees in Indiana.
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ISO asking for fewer concessions, sets Saturday deadline

October 2, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra executives have given musicians until 6 p.m. Saturday to decide on a contract offer that asks for significantly fewer concessions than previous proposals. But musicians say the offer is unacceptable due to an escape clause.
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Indiana workplace deaths up slightly last year

September 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A new report says the number of people dying on the job rose slightly in Indiana last year, to 122, the Indiana Department of Labor said Monday.
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ISO calls off more performances over labor battle

September 23, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced Sunday night that it has called off shows scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday due to its ongoing labor dispute with ISO musicians.
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Symphony cancels first two weeks of new season

September 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Saturday canceled the first two weeks of its new season, saying even a temporary extension of musicians’ just-expired contract would intensify the organization’s financial woes.
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ISO contract talks continue; union pitches 2-month extension

September 7, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra managers and musicians failed to meet a Friday deadline to agree on a new contract, but the symphony did not immediately follow through on threats to cancel the first two weeks of its new season.
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Symphony, musicians resuming labor negotiations

September 5, 2012
The two sides are set to resume negotiations at about noon Wednesday in an attempt to reach an agreement on a new contract. The previous agreement expired Sunday.
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Union: ISO threatening to cancel shows if demands not met

August 31, 2012
Union representatives for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's musicians said Friday that management intends to call off the first two weeks of the season if the performers do not accept the current contract proposal by Sept. 7.
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AT&T technicians file lawsuit over lunch policy

August 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Eleven AT&T technicians have filed a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status to collect unpaid wages and overtime, alleging the company compels them to work during unpaid lunch breaks. The suit seeks to represent 1,300 AT&T technicians in Indiana.
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Hotel worker 'blacklisting' ban approved by council

July 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis hotels could no longer ban contract workers from direct employment under an ordinance passed Monday night by the City-County Council.
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Tensions rise between pilots, management at Republic AirwaysRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
The two sides are trying to replace a labor contract that became amendable in 2007.
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Fed grant to help female Indiana ex-cons

June 29, 2012
Associated Press
An Indianapolis not-for-profit is receiving a $1.5 million federal grant to provide job training and support services to girls or women who formerly were incarcerated.
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Janitors' union recruits council support on contract talks

June 25, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The first janitors’ union contract in the city will expire soon, and union organizers are looking to the Indianapolis City-County Council to give them a boost in the negotiations.
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Accusations fly between Republic Airways and unionRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Company pulls request to block Teamster website as union ramps up fight in its own lawsuit.
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HICKS: Failure of public unions is good for countryRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Mike Hicks
This week’s recall vote in Wisconsin has been heralded by many observers as a forecast of the presidential election. I think they are wrong. It is far more consequential.
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Attorney perplexed by state's right-to-work filing

May 2, 2012
Associated Press
An attorney for a union challenging Indiana's new right-to-work law said Wednesday that he's perplexed by the state's court filing opposing his amended complaint in which he argued the law is unconstitutional.
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Indiana: Right-to-work lawsuit can't be amended

May 1, 2012
Associated Press
State attorneys asked a federal judge Tuesday to bar a union from amending its lawsuit challenging Indiana's new right-to-work law, arguing that most of the new claims are the same as those in the original complaint filed in February.
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Union says right-to-work law violates free speech

April 9, 2012
Associated Press
Union attorneys are using a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave corporations and unions the green light to spend unlimited sums of cash on campaign ads as part of a legal effort to overturn Indiana's new right-to-work law.
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Right-to-work boosting job-marketing efforts in IndianaRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Scott Olson
Local economic development groups are wasting no time touting Indiana's new right-to-work law, a spot check shows.
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Republic airlines file federal suit against pilots union

March 29, 2012
Scott Olson
Chautauqua Airlines Inc., Republic Airline Inc. and Shuttle America Inc. charge that a union-backed website is damaging their reputation and hindering efforts to hire pilots. Parent Republic Airways Holdings and the union are embroiled in contentious contract negotiations.
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