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Hoosier jobs are on the line – and we need your help to keep them. Amtrak’s Beech Grove repair facility pumps $49 million in wages into the State of Indiana each year and provides 550 highly skilled, union, jobs to that community. And another 100 businesses across Indiana are engaged in the manufacture and repair of railroad stock. With investment in high speed rail occurring across our country, Indiana is well-positioned for related job growth due to our first in the nation rail repair facility. But without investment from Indiana’s government, all of those current and future jobs are in peril.
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Labor Day is a celebration of the incredible contributions of America’s working people. Through sweat, sacrifice and innovation, workers built this great state and nation. And we continue to make it work every day.
Our hard work and the pride we take in it shows. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the productivity of the U.S. economy grew 80 percent from 1979 to 2009.
Anti-worker politicians in Washington and their corporate donors are striking at the rights of workers. Again.
They’re threatening to shut down the National Labor Relations Board, the independent agency that protects workers’ rights, by holding up President Barack Obama’s nominations to the Board.Read more >>>
Statehouse Republicans have removed Democrats from the conference committee on Senate Bill 373 so that they can jam it through without listening to anyone else. You remember this bill, it makes it a crime to take a picture or video of unsafe, discriminatory or unethical conditions at a place of business in Indiana.
They intend to pass it in the next several hours. Call now. Tell them in America we don't believe in hiding the truth.
The ceremony will be held on MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. on the grounds of the State Capitol in Indianapolis and will feature state and local government, union and community leaders. The service is one of hundreds that will be held around the world in the coming days as working families and union members commemorate sisters and brothers who have died on the job.
"Working people believe in equality and fairness and that’s why we are happy to stand with millions of Americans and with President Obama in supporting marriage equality," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a statement. "LGBT working people face numerous inequities in the workplace and in society as they struggle to care for their families." Read more >>>
Yesterday, the Indiana Senate Committee on Education advanced House Bill 1334 – a blatant political attack designed to weaken the voice of working people. If passed, House Bill 1334 would ban school employers from honoring the request of their employees to deduct union dues utilized for “political activity.” Read more >>>
The Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012, and if you listen to the media you’d think if we don’t have a deal on the so-called “fiscal cliff” by then the world really will come to an end.
That’s a lot of pressure. And some are using all that pressure to try and force a bad deal for America on our representatives in Congress. In order to protect the Bush tax cuts for income earned in a single year over $250,000.00, they’re urging cuts to middle class programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. (READ MORE)
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They were tradesmen, farmers, shopkeepers – ordinary people – and they marched through the snow without any shoes. Hungry, tired, bruised and bloody, far from home – they fought through the difficulties not just for their own families, but for all families. They were the soldiers in the Continental Army, and in the winter of 1777 when they reached Valley Forge, they had tasted more defeat than victory in battle.
But they endured. They fought. Outnumbered, out-spent, they fought. They trained, they adjusted their tactics, but they always fought.Read more >>>
Our members of Congress are headed back to Washington after the election for a few final weeks of business. This “lame-duck” session could have a devastating impact on the future of working families.
We need more economic security, not less.
Be prepared to vote. Click here for a quick review of the materials you'll need in order to vote!
Click here to find out where and how you can help to maximize the union vote on Election Day! Read more >>>
Can you feel it? With the Election just a few weeks away, the wind is at our backs and the momentum is clearly shifting our way.
Hoosiers are sick of the attacks on working families like us and the extreme views of radical politicians seeking office.
If we want to make sure the wind at our back is more than just hot air – and that the momentum we feel results in victory on Election Day – then we all need to get busy.
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We are proud to announce “Friends and Neighbors,” a new, ground breaking online tool to help working folks like us activate and energize other working families around political campaigns, legislative issues and to hold elected officials accountable is now up and running in Indiana.
Friends and Neighbors, or FAN for short, is both a phone-banking and e-mailing tool that works best when you sign-in using Facebook. With your permission, the tool matches your Facebook friends with voter registration records and instantly creates a call-list for you to contact your friends and neighbors to talk about what’s at stake in the 2012 elections.Read more >>>
Click here to view the Indiana AFL-CIO list of endorsed candidates for the 2012 General Election.
Click here to get involved in the 2012 Elections and help elect pro-worker candidates up and down the ballot.
Absentee Application Acceptance Begins --- NOW
INDIANAPOLIS — Today the Indiana AFL-CIO, a statewide federation of labor unions representing more than 300,000 active workers, issued the following endorsements of candidates for the 2012 General Election: Read more >>>
Brothers and Sisters,
A year and a half ago, Gov. Scott Walker and his friends in the Senate forced through an extremist anti-worker agenda that divided the state.
Last night, Wisconsin took back its Senate. While Gov. Walker remains in office after being only the third governor in American history subjected to the humiliation of a recall, his divisive agenda has been stopped cold.Read more >>>
The Indiana AFL-CIO invites you to the 2012 Labor Luncheon featuring U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on June 15th in Fort Wayne. All proceeds will go to the Indiana AFL-CIO's "Save the Middle Class" fund. For event and ticket information, click here.
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We have two weeks.
Two weeks to make a difference in the future of our state, the future of our government and the future of our lives.
Following the attacks on working people that occurred at the Indiana Statehouse, a record number of union members decided enough was enough and filed to run for office.
Now, we need to support them.
The following is a list of union brothers and sisters, who are facing tough primary election races. We need you to help us get them through the May 8th primary election by volunteering some of your time, treasure and talents these last 14 days.
If you are in these areas please reach out and help. Our involvement can make the difference in these critical races.
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For those that did not get a chance to hear him at our Statehouse rallies, Turner Corn is a member of the Laborers Union and a lifelong musician. He created this original song to reflect the frustrations working Americans feel towards their elected officials following the recent attacks upon them and encourage everyone to get out and vote in the November election.
Since the song and video footage is all original, please feel free to forward it to your friends, families and co-workers, link it on your Facebook pages, use it at rallies and other events and post it on your union’s websites.
To watch the incredible “Remember November” video click below or visit www.turnercorn.com.
April 12 has been designated as a national day of action to stop Congress from dismantling the United States Postal Service. “Save America’s Postal Service” demonstrations will be held outside every U.S Senate office in the country – including the Indianapolis offices of Senator Richard Lugar and Senator Dan Coats.
Following the Easter recess, Senators will vote on Senate Bill 1789, legislation that would do more harm than good in returning the U.S. Postal Service to fiscal solvency. If passed, Senate Bill 1789 would put an end to six-day mail delivery within two years, phase out door-to-door mail delivery and still fails to address financial issues that resulted from congressional mandates.
SAVE AMERICA’S POSTAL SERVICE DEMONSTRATION
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Verizon has made tens of billions in profits and its top executives walked away with $283 million in the last four years. But when it comes to the 45,000 workers who made Verizon's success possible, suddenly the company cries broke.
Verizon has sent thousands of American jobs overseas and wants to outsource even more jobs, gut pensions, charge current and retired employees thousands of dollars more for health benefits, and cut disability benefits for workers injured during their jobs.
On March 22, CWA and IBEW workers and thousands of others will be rallying around the country to support good jobs and the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act. Join us.Read more >>>
Indiana Trade Unionists are in a fight for our lives, for our families and it begins with you joining our army of activists.
Our first battle is Massive Voter Registration, we need every one of our members & their communities registered to vote.
Join us for one of several free training sessions around the state to learn how to organize a mobilization effort and how we build the army we need to take back our state!
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The attacks on working men and women at the Indiana Statehouse just don’t stop. Now Governor Daniels and the Republican leaders in the House and Senate are pushing a bill to end the federal Medicare guarantee for Hoosiers, and ultimately decrease benefits for Hoosiers on Medicare and Medicaid.
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Unemployment insurance as we know it is on the chopping block.
Tea Party Republicans are leading the charge to reduce coverage and throw up barriers to benefits like GED requirements. And they’re even threatening to force people who are jobless—through no fault of their own—to endure humiliating drug tests just to get survival aid.Read more >>>
Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations. Through ALEC, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU?
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