Democratic legislators are staying away from the Indiana House chamber, blocking the Republican majority from conducting business while hundreds of union members crowd the adjourning hallways in protest of a contentious labor bill.
Union supporters shouted "lie" and "shame" at members of a Republican-led Indiana House committee who voted in favor of so-called right-to-work legislation, after impassioned arguments that it was aimed at weakening unions and would drive down wages.
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.
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.
Recent reform measures—aimed at blaming teachers’ unions for all that ails public schools—claim that negotiated agreements are a large part of student achievement problems. Yet research shows that Indiana students fare better in school corporations where teachers have the right to collectively bargain.
Too often, teacher contracts have put the interests of adults above the interests of students. Adults have all the power.
The National Labor Relations Board filed a formal complaint after investigating charges that Marsh Supermarkets threatened and intimidated employees to discourage them from forming a union. The grocery chain also allegedly fired an employee for supporting the union.
The goals of Gov. Mitch Daniels and his fellow Republicans could chisel away further at the clout that has dwindled among the state’s labor unions.
National Football League owners are looking for ways to reach a new labor deal with players and preparing for what happens if those efforts don’t succeed. A strike or lockout could affect Indianapolis’ plans to host the 2012 Super Bowl.