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Labor unions are planning rallies at the Indiana Statehouse and around the state as part of continuing protests against Republican-backed legislation that Democratic lawmakers say prompted their five-week walkout.

The Indiana AFL-CIO says Monday's rallies are timed to mark the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

The rally at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, scheduled for 2 p.m., is to include United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts and be in protest of bills that labor leaders say would hurt workers' collective bargaining rights.

Other rallies are set for Monday in Fort Wayne, Jeffersonville, Kokomo and South Bend.

Thousands of union members attended Statehouse protests during the boycott by most House Democrats that ended March 28.

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  • Sorry, let me clarify
    The post about the Wall Street connection is my view of the much bigger and most important union the American union. If our president, Congress and the Senate do not represent us in work related subjects like trade agreements with other countries like China, fair practices in the work place, use of illegal workers, on and on then the American Union is broken and all the other unions that make up our national union are finished.
  • One candidate for America
    It is evident that Ron Paul is the only candidate that is qualified to represent Americans. Every other candidate is bought including Obama. He was financed by Wall Street and has Wall Street people on his staff. Look at the facts before casting that vote. Both parties are working together to destroy this country. The federal reserve and big banks are the enemy.
    • Unions
      Unions were very much needed many decades ago and brought about a lot of good change. In this day in age unions only manipulate the system hurting companies and overpaying workers.

      As the saying goes...If you take two manufacturing plant visits, one w union and one without, you can instantly tell the two apart simply by how little the workers are working in the union plant.

      Of course union members are protesting, they want their free pensions, high over paid salaries, and guaranteed work.
    • Hey, Frank
      If the current administration in DC quit pandering to their old supporters, the unions, and courting what they hope will be their new supporters, the illegals, there would be plenty of good paying construction jobs for anyone looking to put in a fair day's work.

      Unfortunately, the unions pay to get them elected, the illegals are seen as a huge voting base once they give them status, and most of the folks protesting aren't looking to put in a fair day's work.
    • NO American Men
      Construction jobs are not for American men anymore. The jobs need to be crafted by the illegal people living in the U. S. Wake up America and mouthy HOOSIERS
    • Novel Idea
      Here's a concept, get out and vote next time. If there is so much popular support for unions, then clearly all their candidates will win in landslides.

      By the way, what happened last November? Did the union bosses forget to tell you who to vote for? Were all the union folks waiting for the ACORN buses that never showed up? We know none of them were actually at a job, so why did their candidates lose?
    • Tiresome
      Do Union members ever work? I just keep hearing how they are at this protest and that rally, but never a report of their excellent attendace at their job. They rant an rave about what they don't get but never point out the benefits they do get.
    • CSA
      Welcome to the Corporate States of America. "We the people..." has been changed to "We the corporations..."
      • Because
        Employers are dishonest with their workforces, and if workers were stripped of these collective bargaining rights then it would not be long until things like vacations and overtime pay became things of the past and the 7 day 80 hour work week would be a harsh reality. "What's wrong Nancy, you can't handle 80 hours a week with no vacations and no overtime pay? Youâ??re fired! I can get someone out there to do it."
      • Why not work?
        Rather than stand around chanting, why don't you go to work and show your employer what a good job you do for them. That's how you keep a job...work hard!

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