Labor

State unemployment rate drops to 8.8 percent

March 25, 2011
The February decline marks the first time the state's jobless rate has been below 9 percent since December 2008. Still, the state lost 1,600 private-sector jobs and 6,300 government jobs in February.
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Indiana incomes rose in 2010 despite jobless rate

March 24, 2011
Associated Press
A new federal report shows that Indiana residents' personal income grew last year at one of the fastest rates in the nation.
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Labor board rejects Hyatt petition to hold union vote

March 21, 2011
Downtown Indianapolis hotel prefers a secret-ballot vote, while the Unite Here labor union wants what's known as a "card check" system.
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Sides ponder political fallout of Statehouse boycott

March 20, 2011
Associated Press
Both Democrats and Republicans claim the walkout by Indiana House Democrats is rallying support for their side, spurring new donations and rousing the party faithful.
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Colts owner wants negotiations, not litigation

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
Jim Irsay said Monday he's "optimistic" the league will not lose the 2011 season or next year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis because of the lockout, though he is "disappointed" that players have resorted to making their case through the legal system.
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NFL, players face expiration of labor contract

March 11, 2011
Associated Press
With the NFL on the brink of its first work stoppage in nearly a quarter of a century, Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith met at a federal mediator's office Friday, the day the league's twice-extended labor contract was set to expire.
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Thousands gather for union rally at Statehouse

March 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Thousands of Indiana union members held signs, chanted slogans and cheered speakers outside the Statehouse on Thursday at a rally to protest Republican-backed bills they consider an attack on public education and labor unions.
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State unemployment rate dips to 9.1 percent

March 10, 2011
After topping out at 10.2 percent last summer, Indiana's jobless rate has been steadily declining.
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Indiana House leaders more genial over boycott

March 9, 2011
Associated Press
More than two weeks after Democratic lawmakers fled Indiana to block GOP-backed legislation, both sides gave optimistic signals Wednesday about resolving the stalemate.
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Hyatt, union at odds over voting method

March 4, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for the New York-based Unite Here labor union are attacking local Hyatt Regency officials for filing a petition Thursday with the National Labor Relations Board.
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U.S. unemployment rate drops to 8.9 percent

March 4, 2011
Associated Press
The unemployment rate has been falling for three months, down from 9.8 percent in November, marking the sharpest three-month decline since 1983.
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NFL, union agree to 24-hour deadline extension

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
The NFL and the players' union decided Thursday to keep the current collective bargaining agreement in place for an additional 24 hours so that negotiations can continue.
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Unemployment aid requests fall to near 3-year low

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
Applications for unemployment benefits fell by 20,000, to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday. Applications are now at their lowest level since May 2008.
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U.S. fines 3 theater companies over child labor

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
Operators of three of the nation's biggest movie theater chains have paid more than $277,000 in federal fines over allegations that they violated child-labor laws, the Labor Department announced Tuesday.
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Daniels signs jobless-fund bill that unions fought

February 24, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law Thursday a plan aimed at fixing Indiana's debt-ridden unemployment fund that labor unions had opposed because it will reduce jobless benefits for some people while softening business tax increases.
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Indiana lawmakers urge NFL, players to reach deal

February 24, 2011
Associated Press
Lawmakers from Indiana, home of next season's Super Bowl, are urging the NFL and players union to avoid a work stoppage that would have a "devastating impact" on the state's economy.
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Democratic lawmakers leave Indiana, block labor bill

February 22, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats took a page from the playbook of their counterparts in Wisconsin on Tuesday, refusing to show up and at least temporarily blocking a Republican-backed labor bill.
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Marsh agrees to settle labor complaint

February 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Marsh Supermarkets Inc. has agreed to pay a total of $42,500 to settle a National Labor Relations Board case accusing the grocery chain of interfering with workers’ attempts to unionize.
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Labor board seeks rehiring of fired pro-union store worker

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
The National Labor Relations Board has asked a federal judge to order Fishers-based Marsh Supermarkets to rehire a pro-union worker whom the company fired.
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NFL lockout could prove costly to Indy economy

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
The worst case scenario — no season — would mean the city of Indianapolis sustaining the most expensive hit in league history.
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NFL labor situation a hot topic in Dallas

February 3, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A lockout is predicted by many, but whether labor strife ultimately affects the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis remains to be seen.
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Judge orders concrete company to bargain with union

February 3, 2011
Irving Ready-Mix was ordered to restore pay to workers that had been cut by nearly $3 an hour and to recognize the union as the collective bargaining representative of the employees.
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Unions looking to make Hoosier comebackRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana could be on the front line in the United Auto Workers’ campaign to unionize foreign-owned plants.
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Marsh hit with second federal labor charge

January 7, 2011
Scott Olson
National Labor Relations Board accuses supermarket chain of intimidating employees at its Beech Grove store for supporting an attempt to unionize. The charges follow a similar complaint NLRB made in November involving Marsh's Georgetown Road store.
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State GOP leaders weigh banning required union dues

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Bills filed in the Indiana House would ban workers from being required to pay union dues.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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