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Forum Post: Can we reverse the labor setback in Indiana?

Posted 2 years ago on March 4, 2012, 4:20 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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In contrast to last year's mobilization, Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott said only that right-to-work had to be defeated on the floors of the legislature. The state federation thus frittered away its membership's energy and anger.

Labor's call for a mass mobilization came only on the day union leaders knew the bill was about to be signed into law. Even then, the heads of the AFL-CIO waited obediently until the bill was actually voted through, and only then led a march in the streets in a demonstration that lasted less then half an hour and ruffled no feathers.

Last, but certainly not least, the Indiana AFL-CIO leadership decided to do nothing on Super Bowl Sunday.

http://socialistworker.org/2012/02/23/labor-setback-in-indiana

The above commentary is the best I have read on what went wrong in Indiana.

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[-] 1 points by ogrdanny (73) from Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjYe2ISbuOE

"Randy (Milwaukee Ironworkers) and I traveled to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl on Sunday. He had 20,000 flyers printed out about the new "right to starve" legislation that was passed in Indiana, and we brought them us from Wisconsin with to hand out to people attending the game. There was a rally beforehand, and they really wanted someone from Wisconsin to speak, so Randy stepped up to do it."

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Thanks for the video!!!

[-] 1 points by Dgoerz (20) 2 years ago

No, Indiana's unemployment rate is too low.

[-] 0 points by JuanFenito (847) 2 years ago

What is the public support for the bill?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

I think that there is going to be a backlash. I would almost lay money that there will be a regrouping and a concentrated focus on elections. Mitch Daniels cannot run again.

[-] 1 points by JuanFenito (847) 2 years ago

Thanks to citizen's united, the unions may be powerless to fight back and drum up opposition to the bill sufficient to generate a backlash. That coupled with the fact that people have been tricked into this idea that they have a "right" not to join a union.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

I'm not so sure. I think this will depend on many other factors.

[-] 0 points by JuanFenito (847) 2 years ago

Why did this comment get down voted? I asked a question.

[-] 0 points by SmeggitySpooge (78) 2 years ago

become self employed

they'll import more hispanics to replace americans

will that outrage anyone?

nah, it's been happening all over for years to the point enough seem to like having illegals to exploit.

[-] 0 points by onepercentguy (294) 2 years ago

i swear you are on here 24/7 for months straight. dont you have a job or family or something?

not trying to insult you, just curious.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

this is my job

and no, it doesn't pay

as to 24/7, the automatic note reply system creates that illusion

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

You are trying to be insulting. Piss off. When you have something constructive to say then we can talk. But, yes, I do have a job and I work a lot.

[-] 0 points by onepercentguy (294) 2 years ago

no, i'm really not trying to be insulting, hence my careful wording. if i was, i'd be a lot more mean about it.

that is good, congrats.

[-] -1 points by Perspective (-243) 2 years ago

Why do you consider someone being able to work at a job without belonging to a union a setback?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Let's be fair. There are some companies where a union isn't necessary. They are usually smaller and the owners compensate employees very well. They do exist.

However, unions are necessary for collective bargaining in many industries. The individual that doesn't want to pay union dues will still benefit from the collective bargaining and any litigation that has been or will be done as if they were in the union.

Wages are lower in right to work states.

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (26672) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Always remember bad laws can be changed. The republicans in office are doing their best to see that no others are ever elected to office ever again.

Stand-up Speak-up stand-up for your rights - B.Marley

This is where we are in our world.

Time to stand-up folks.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Yep