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Indiana state rep blasts GOP push for right to work

Indiana House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer

Democratic leader says RTW “doesn’t put Hoosiers back to work.”

IN A FIERY written statement broadcast via e-mail Jan. 25, Indiana State House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer unloaded on Republican House members who helped pass a “right to work for less” bill. If House Bill 1001 becomes law, Indiana will become the 23rd right to work state.

Bauer, the House Democratic leader from District 6, has been an outspoken critic of right to work and has led the statehouse charge against it for the last two legislative sessions.


Boilermakers join Indiana rally against RTW

Photo courtesy of Gerald Abel/Bass Photo.

LOCAL 1620 (PORTLAND, IND.) President Bill Coleman, l., and Sec.-Treas. Mike Landess stand near the Indiana statehouse, where unions and their supporters are rallying against state Republican lawmakers who have vowed to push through "right to work for less" legislation. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has stated publicly that he will sign the legislation if it reaches his desk. Democrats plan to offer an amendment to let voters decide the measure, rather than politicians.

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​Obama defies GOP with labor, consumer appointments

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA announces the nomination of former ohio attorney general richard Cordray, right, as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. <em>Official White House Photo</em>

Obstructionists in Congress howl as president runs ‘end-around’

FRUSTRATED BY SENATE obstructionists who have vowed to block future presidential nominations, Barack Obama side-stepped opposing lawmakers by making four recess appointments January 4. The move infuriated Republicans while delighting labor unions and consumer groups.

​Obama named three people to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. Two are Democrats: Deputy Labor Secretary Sharon Block and labor attorney Richard Griffin. The other nominee, NLRB counsel Terrence Flynn, is a Republican.

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Indiana governor reverses limit to statehouse access

Indiana State Capitol.  Photo by vxla/Flickr

Move comes as unions protest “right to work” legislation

GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS has backed away from a plan to restrict public access to the Indiana statehouse after coming under fire from Democrats and unions. The restriction would have limited to 3,000 the number of people who could be inside the statehouse at the same time (including 1,700 state employees). It was seen as a defensive move in anticipation of large-scale protests against so-called “right to work” legislation that state GOP leaders are attempting to pass.

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New Hampshire avoids anti-union ‘right-to-work’ law

House upholds governor’s veto by 12 votes

THE STATE OF New Hampshire narrowly defeated so-called “right-to-work” legislation Nov. 30 when the state House failed to override Democratic Gov. John Lynch’s veto. The vote was 240-139 — 12 short of the two-thirds majority needed. The override was expected to pass in the 24-member state Senate, but it never got that far. Republicans dominate the 400-member state House by almost three to one and the state Senate by 19-5.


Two Wis. GOP state senators recalled

Democrats fall one seat short of regaining state senate

WISCONSIN VOTERS OUSTED two Republican state senators in the August 10 recall elections, one short of the number needed to put control of that house in the hands of the Democrats. Two Democratic Wisconsin state senators face recall elections next week.


L-107 honors Democratic state senators amidst Wisconsin turmoil

L-107 lodge leaders display the signatures of 14 Wisconsin state senators who le

Recall votes keep focus on anti-union aggression

MADISON, WIS., THE epicenter of the far-right’s strategy to blame unions for the nation’s economic woes, while slashing the collective bargaining rights of public workers, has held national media attention for months. And the state’s capital city continues to be a lightning rod for union solidarity.

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