Unions

Ball State poll: Half of Hoosiers undecided on right-to-work

December 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
Twenty-seven percent of Hoosiers support a law allowing employees to join unionized workplaces without being forced to pay union dues. But 24 percent oppose it and 48 percent are still undecided, according to a new survey.
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State economic development group backs right-to-work

December 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
The agency in charge of attracting business expansions to Indiana unanimously passed a resolution to support a right-to-work law, arguing that the state is automatically eliminated from many economic deals because it lacks such legislation.
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Indiana Legislature set for new right-to-work fight

November 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says that passing a contentious right-to-work proposal will be his top priority during the coming legislative session.
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More games lost as NBA players file antitrust lawsuit

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Pacers have already lost eight preseason games and eight regular-season games, with half of those events scheduled for Conseco Fieldhouse. Extending the stoppage through Dec. 15 will cost the Pacers another 15 games, including six at home.
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Players reject NBA's offer, begin to disband union

November 14, 2011
Associated Press
National Basketball Association players rejected the league's latest offer Monday and have begun the process to disband the union. The decision likely jeopardizes the season.
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Daniels eyes right-to-work legislation in final session

November 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has long flirted with right-to-work legislation, but is letting the General Assembly take the lead.
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Daniels says 'right-to-work' law would help Indiana

November 4, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said a right-to-work law would make the state more competitive when its comes to business-expansion opportunities.
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Republic Airways pilots vote on strike authority

November 3, 2011
Associated Press
Republic Airways pilots who fly regional jets for several airlines are voting on whether to authorize a strike if negotiators can't agree on a new contract.
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Indiana panel recommends right-to-work legislation

October 26, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana panel voted to urge lawmakers to approve "right-to-work" legislation when they reconvene in January in a move that could set the stage for another showdown with House Democrats.
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Chrysler workers in Indiana approve contract

October 19, 2011
Associated Press
Workers at Chrysler's largest United Auto Workers local, Local 685 in Kokomo, have voted in favor of a new four-year contract.
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NBA scraps first two weeks of regular season

October 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Team owners and players were unable to reach a new labor deal Monday and end the lockout. The cancellation includes all games scheduled to be played through Nov. 14. The first seven games on the Indiana Pacers' schedule will be lost.
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Postal service union workers plan rallies around Indiana

September 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Organizers from the AFL-CIO say the rallies in 13 locations around Indiana are part of a national effort seeking support for congressional action to shore up the struggling agency.
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UAW says deal with GM creates or keeps 6,400 jobs

September 20, 2011
Associated Press
A new four-year contract deal between the United Auto Workers and General Motors Co. will add or keep 6,400 jobs in the U.S. with a $2.5 billion investment, the union said Tuesday. In Fort Wayne, 150 jobs would be created or retained.
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Frontier flight attendants ratify labor contract

August 29, 2011
Associated Press
The union representing nearly 1,000 flight attendants ratified a labor agreement with Republic Airways subsidiary Frontier Airlines aimed at cutting costs.
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Frontier, flight attendants reach tentative deal

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
Frontier Airlines and the union representing its nearly 1,000 flight attendants have reached a tentative agreement to trim labor costs.
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NFL's new 'salary floor' could challenge ColtsRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Bigger player payrolls under the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement are expected to make life difficult for small-market teams like the Indianapolis Colts.
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State commerce chief backs right-to-work law

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's chief economic development officer told state lawmakers Tuesday that Indiana has lost deals to attract businesses because it lacks a right-to-work law.
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UPDATE: Players vote to OK deal to end NFL lockout

July 25, 2011
Associated Press
The NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps have voted unanimously to approve the terms of a deal to the end the 4½-month lockout.
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Pacers: Lockout won't sting employees, ticket holders

July 22, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers don't plan to lay off staff, and they are promising to pay ticket holders cash, plus interest, if any NBA games are canceled during the upcoming season due to the lockout.
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Pacers' Simon at center of NBA labor fightRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Along with players’ salaries and contract terms, revenue sharing among the NBA's 30 team owners is becoming the wild-card issue that could blow the lid off contract negotiations.
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Republic may cut Frontier stake as pilots offer concessions

June 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. agreed to seek new investors for Frontier Airlines, shrinking its stake to become a minority owner, in exchange for concessions from pilots at the unprofitable carrier.
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GM winding down operations at local metal-stamping plantRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
More than half of hourly employees have already retired or accepted transfers to other GM facilities.
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Lawmakers fall short in efforts to curtail private-sector unions

May 9, 2011
Associated Press
Of the 14 states where "right-to-work" bills barring mandatory union fees were considered, only New Hampshire has passed the legislation, and it is uncertain whether Republican lawmakers can overcome an expected veto by the Democratic governor.
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Uncertain pilot labor situation creates turbulence at RepublicRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Republic Airways Holdings' 2009 purchases of regional airlines has created one of the industry’s most complicated labor integration challenges, particularly among pilots now represented by different unions.
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HICKS: Right-to-work laws make economic senseRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Mike Hicks
There is abundant research on the economic effects of right-to-work laws by economists of both the right and left. The results are pretty clear that right-to-work legislation leads to increased employment.
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