In Depth: Union Legislation Tops 2012 Indiana General Assembly Calendar

The Indiana General Assembly convenes Wednesday for its short,30-day session. The calendar will be dominated by heated debate over the power of labor unions in the private sector. Listen to the story: “Making Indiana the 23rd ‘right-to-work’ state will be the top priority of the Speaker of the House,” Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma announced […]

Daniels Urges Lawmakers To Pass “Right To Work” Bill

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has broken his silence on whether he wants state lawmakers to pass legislation that would prohibit companies from making the payment of union dues a condition of employment. Republican leaders in both chambers say they’ll introduce so-called “right-to-work” legislation in the 2012 General Assembly. The issue prompted a walkout by House […]

Indiana Legislature Holds Organizational Session

Indiana lawmakers today held their organizational session in preparation for the 2012 General Assembly. Hundreds of union members chanted outside the House and Senate chambers in opposition to Republican-led legislation that would make Indiana a so-called “right-to-work” state, where workers would not be required to pay union membership fees as a condition of employment.    […]

Indiana Lawmakers To Again Consider “Right-To-Work” Legislation

The top Democrat in the Indiana House says Republicans are crushing job opportunities in the state with their push to pass a contentious “right-to-work” proposal during the coming legislative session. House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer’s comments came after Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma announced today that passing the proposal will be his top priority during […]

Council Passes Union Contract Exemption

After an hour long-debate, the Louisville Metro Council approved an ordinance along party lines that exempts union contracts from being subject to mandatory financial reports. The legislation passed by a 16-9 vote with council Democrats voting in favor, arguing they were supporting public workers and all council Republicans against the bill, arguing the amendment blocks […]

James, Miller Joust Over Union Contracts And Financial Disclosure (AUDIO)

The Louisville Metro Council is set to debate an ordinance Thursday that would exempt union contracts from the city’s financial disclosure law and has divided lawmakers along partisan lines. Last week, the council budget committee passed the legislation that would let Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration avoid submitting a financial impact statement for negotiated agreements between […]

Passions High At Indiana “Right-To-Work” Hearing

Supporters and opponents of Indiana’s controversial “right-to-work” proposal spoke out today at a lengthy Statehouse hearing. United Steelworkers Union member Hanna Walt was among the dozens of members of organized labor who railed against legislation that would prohibit companies from making union membership as condition of employment. The unions say making Indiana a right-to-work state […]

Council Democrats Support Exempting Union Contracts from Financial Disclosure Law

An ordinance supported by the majority of Louisville Metro Council Democrats would exempt the cost of contracts between public workers and Metro Government from being subject to mandatory reports. Seven years ago, the council passed legislation requiring the submission of a financial impact statement with any ordinance or resolution that spends taxpayer dollars. The original […]

Conway Bypasses P’Pool to Rip Walker Visit

In a message to supporters, Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway slammed Republicans for inviting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to campaign in Kentucky later this month. Walker is scheduled to headline two rallies and a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams, who has praised the Wisconsin governor’s brief tenure in radio interviews. Conway is running […]

Indiana Lawmakers Begin Right-To-Work Hearings

An Indiana legislative study committee has begun hearings on right-to-work, one of the issues that prompted a walkout by House Democrats during the 2011 General Assembly. A right-to-work measure supported by Republican lawmakers would prohibit making union membership or the collection of union dues a condition of employment. Supporters say it would make Indiana more […]