Unions File Court Challenge to Indiana “Right-to-Work” Law

From the Associated Press: Union members are asking a federal judge to block Indiana’s new right-to-work law. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 says a suit filed today in U.S. District Court in Hammond that the right-to-work law violates the federal and state constitutions. The suit names Gov. Mitch Daniels, Attorney General Greg Zoeller […]

“Right-to-Work” Passions Linger as Daniels Holds Jeffersonville Town Hall

Indiana’s recently-passed “right-to-work” bill was still on the minds of many Jeffersonville residents when Governor Mitch Daniels visited this evening for a town hall meeting and book signing at the public library. About two dozen union protestors stood outside the library holding signs during Daniels’ talk, which was briefly disrupted by chants that could be […]

Indiana Judge Blocks Lawmakers’ Fines; AG To File Appeal

The argument over the collection of fines from Democrats who boycotted Indiana House business over labor legislation is likely headed to the state Supreme Court. Yesterday, a Marion County judge ruled that the state improperly seized the fines last year through payroll deduction and ordered a halt to the collection of additional fines imposed this […]

With “Right-to-Work” and Super Bowl Behind Them, Indiana Lawmakers Return To Work

Indiana state lawmakers return to the Statehouse today for the second half of the General Assembly. The legislature has been in recess since Wednesday because of Super Bowl-related festivities in downtown Indianapolis. Now that the most divisive issue of the session, a “right-to-work” bill, has been passed and signed into law, legislators will turn their […]

Daniels Signs “Right-To-Work” Bill Into Law

From the Associated Press: Indiana has become the first Rust Belt state to enact the contentious right-to-work labor law prohibiting labor contracts that require workers to pay union representation fees. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the bill today after it passed the Senate following weeks of discord that saw House Democrats boycott the legislature and […]

Indiana Senate Approves “Right-to-Work” Measure

The Indiana Senate has given final passage to a controversial “right-to-work” bill and the measure is on its way to Governor Mitch Daniels, who will sign it into law. His signature will make Indiana the Rust Belt’s first right-to-work state and the first state in a decade to enact a law barring labor contracts that […]

Redistricting, Right to Work, Debate Audiences, Google’s Privacy Policy: Today on State of the News

Segment A: Metro news with the WFPL news staff. Segment B: KPR Capital Bureau Chief Kenny Colston with statehouse news, IPBS statehouse reporter Brandon Smith on Indiana’s right to work legislation, and Shelly Baskin from WKMS in Murray, on the murder of Hickman, KY Mayor Charles Murphy. Segment C: Rick Edmonds from the Poynter Institute […]

Breaking: Indiana House Approves “Right-to-Work” Bill

From the Associated Press: Indiana’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives has cleared the way for Indiana to become the first right-to-work state in the traditionally union-heavy Rust Belt. The House voted 55-41 today to make Indiana the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state after Democrats ended a periodic boycott which had stalled the measure for weeks. The right-to-work […]

Democrats Return to Indiana House; Right-to-Work Up For Final Passage

Legislative business has resumed today in the Indiana House, where Democrats had been boycotting action on a contentious labor bill.    The “right-to-work” measure would prohibit the collection of mandatory union representation fees at private compaines. The bill is up for its final House reading today;  a companion bill has cleared the Senate. Republicans, who control both […]

Indiana House Business Delayed Again by Boycotting Democrats

Legislative business in the Indiana House remains idle as 35 Democrats again stayed out of the chamber to protest a “right-to-work” bill pushed by the Republican majority. The members skipped two quorum calls today. They walked off the House floor Monday night after losing an effort to put the measure on the November ballot. The […]