Labor

Indy metal-stamping plant faces many hurdles

September 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Persuading workers at General Motors' Indianapolis metal-stamping plant to accept a pay cut would be a feat, but it won't be the last challenge that JD Norman Industries would face.
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Union cancels Marsh vote planned for Friday

September 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The local grocery workers union has pulled its request for an election at Marsh's supermarket in Beech Grove, saying recent events cast a pall over the vote that was scheduled for Friday.
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Sun Capital's cuts spark union drive at Marsh Supermarkets

September 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Workers at the Beech Grove grocery will vote Sept. 17. The United Food and Commercial Workers would have to prevail in votes at all locations to provide representation for the entire chain.
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HICKS: Trade unions strong when they work with biz

September 4, 2010
Mike Hicks
For labor unions to survive, they must follow the path of their more successful brethren in trade unions.
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Prospective GM plant buyer pleads case in advertisement

August 17, 2010
JD Norman Industries advertisement tells employees that its proposal to buy the plant would guarantee their GM transfer rights without having to close the facility.
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Economic development officials stunned by GM plant no-vote

August 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Commerce Secretary Mitch Roob said he was completely surprised by local General Motors workers' refusal to vote on a proposed contract by JD Norman Industries, a decision that appears to set up the plant for certain closure.
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UAW halts vote on giveback deal at Indy GM plant

August 15, 2010
Associated Press
UAW Local 23 bargaining chairman Gregory Clark says members won't vote on the proposed contract, which would cut base wages from $29 per hour to $15.50.
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Cash options floated for workers at GM stamping plant

August 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Fliers circulating at General Motors' Indianapolis plant show that union members will be offered cash payments of $25,000 to $35,000 and an opportunity to keep a foot in the door with GM, if they agree to work for JD Norman Industries.
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GM plant offer sets off union power struggle

August 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The UAW in Detroit said Local 23 will vote Monday on Illinois-based JD Norman's proposal to buy an Indianapolis stamping plant where more than 600 work, but a local rep says workers don't want to negotiate.
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Marsh workers seek union election at local store

July 12, 2010
Local 700 said worker interest in union representation began to rise at Marsh Supermarkets after Florida-based private equity group Sun Capital Partners acquired the grocery chain in 2006.
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Local union boss on GM talks: 'They're forcing this upon us'

July 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Negotiations for wage cuts meant to grease the sale of a General Motors stamping plant slated for closure will proceed over public protest of 650 local union workers.
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UPDATE: Stamping plant suitor gets time to negotiate

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
There’s more time for Illinois-based JD Norman Industries to hammer out a deal to buy a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis, potentially saving hundreds of local jobs.
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Union leaders meeting with GM plant bidder

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
United Auto Workers official Maurice "Mo" Davison is making one last attempt to put a deal together for a Chicago-area firm to buy the General Motors stamping plant southwest of downtown Indianapolis, which is slated to close in 2011.
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Union accuses Marsh of unfair labor practices

June 17, 2010
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 700 says the grocery chain used illegal interrogation practices and fired a worker for exercising his right to organize a union.
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New president elected for Indiana AFL-CIO

December 15, 2009
Associated Press
Nancy Guyott is the first woman to be president of the Indiana AFL-CIO.
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Symphony musicians, management take big pay cuts

October 7, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians will take a 12-percent pay cut this year, saving the cash-strapped organization $4 million. Management-side salary reductions should save another $2 million.
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Symphony musicians reject contract offer

September 12, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians and librarians unanimously rejected a new contract offer, suggesting they might not easily accept the same deep pay cuts seen at major orchestras around the country.
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HICKS: Card check folly and the demise of unionsRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Mike Hicks
This Labor Day sees the American labor movement in serious decline. In fact, U.S. private-sector union membership has been in serious decline for three decades.
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Star union approves new 2-year contract

August 25, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Newspaper Guild voted 56-45 today to ratify a new, two-year contract with the Gannett Co.-owned Indianapolis Star that includes a 10-percent pay cut and two-year wage freeze.
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Star union voting on new contract

August 25, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Newspaper Guild plans to vote this afternoon on a new, two-year contract with the Gannett Co.-owned Indianapolis Star that includes a 10-percent pay cut and two-year wage freeze.
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Star newsroom braces for pay cuts, possible layoffsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
he next two weeks could be critical in determining the level and quality of staffing in the newsroom of The Indianapolis Star, the state's largest daily newspaper. The paper's union—which represents about 160 news staffers—and management have been at an impasse since employees' union contract expired Dec. 31.
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Obama win buoys backers of pro-union measureRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Proposed national legislation that simplifies business unionization is more likely to be adopted during the Obama administration, experts agree.
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Janitors want Lilly, WellPoint to push for better health benefitsRestricted Content

April 14, 2008
J.K. Wall
Service Employees International Union Local 3 is backing local janitors as they restart contract negotiations April 16 with five of the largest janitorial contractors in Indianapolis. SEIU now is taking direct aim at Lilly, health insurer WellPoint Inc. and even some local hospitals, hoping they will pressure the janitorial contractors to come to terms.
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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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