The first hearing of the 2012 Indiana General Assembly on a controversial labor bill will be held Friday.

But for the second straight year, the issue has prompted a boycott by Democrats in the Indiana House.

Just a few of them showed up in the chamber on Wednesday and most were absent for two more quorum calls on Thursday, forcing Republican Speaker Brian Bosma to postpone business.

Democrats now say they may hold their own hearings across the state on the “right-to-work’ proposal, which would prohibit private unions from collecting mandatory fees.

AFL-CIO spokesman Jeff Harris says Republicans are trying to rush the legislation without sufficient public input. [click to continue…]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Indiana Lawmakers Likely To Revisit “Right-To-Work”

by Rick Howlett October 26, 2011

An Indiana legislative study committee is recommending that the full General Assembly again take up a so-called right-to-work proposal next year. The issue sparked a walkout by House Democrats during the 2011 session. The study panel voted 5-4 along party lines to accept a report that urges passage of right-to-work legislation. The Republican-led proposal would […]

Read the full article →

May Day March Scheduled for Sunday

by Dalton Main April 30, 2011

Several local organizations will participate in a May Day march and rally on Sunday. The march will culminate at the Chow Wagon on Witherspoon Street and feature soapbox speakers as well as entertainers. Kentucky Jobs with Justice representative Attica Scott says this is the latest in a series of local demonstrations against legislation in Wisconsin […]

Read the full article →

Indiana House GOP Approves Fines for Boycotting Democrats

by Gabe Bullard March 3, 2011

House Speaker Brian Bosma says Democratic leader Patrick Bauer has told him the boycotting members will not return Friday. Bosma says he will hold off on formall censuring them as he had discussed earlier.

The fines will begin Monday. Such charges have been threatened in previous House walkouts, but have been waived when the minority party returns.

Read the full article →

State Furlough Suit Dropped

by Tony McVeigh October 29, 2010

Union officials say they will continue to work through the Governor’s Employee Advisory Council to address furloughs and other workplace issues of importance to state employees.

Read the full article →

Firefighters And Police Split On Mayoral Candidate Endorsements

by Gabe Bullard August 18, 2010

The Louisville firefighters union and the local Fraternal Order of Police have endorsed opposing candidates in the Louisville mayor’s race.

The firefighters are supporting Democrat Greg Fischer. The police, however, favor Republican Hal Heiner.

Read the full article →

City Agrees To Furlough Settlement With Unions

by Gabe Bullard January 13, 2010

Louisville Metro Government will pay back some two thousand city employees for furlough days taken in the last two years.

Read the full article →

Teamsters, AFSCME Challenge Furloughs

by Gabe Bullard December 8, 2009

Two unions, the Teamsters and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are taking legal action against Louisville Metro Government over last year’s four unpaid furlough days for all non-emergency metro employees.

Read the full article →

General Electric Seeking Wage Freeze At Appliance Park

by Gabe Bullard May 22, 2009

General Electric is asking union workers at its Appliance Park plant in Louisville to agree to a wage freeze in exchange for job security and other benefits.

Read the full article →

Abramson Eying New Ways To Cut Budget

by Gabe Bullard May 21, 2009

Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson has been meeting with city employee unions to find ways to cut costs for the next Metro Government budget.

Read the full article →