Unions

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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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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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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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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GE, union talks save jobs at Bloomington plant

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
About 130 workers at the GE Appliances factory will no longer have jobs effective Friday, although that number is down from about 160 jobs the company announced in early September.
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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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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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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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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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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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