Friday, January 20, 2012

Teamsters flock to IN Capitol as Senate prepares to take up RTW

Teamsters are answering the call today to once again fill the Statehouse with their voices. The message was simple:
URGENT: RTW will be taken up in the Senate tomorrow morning. Be there starting at 9am! We need your voices now!
There was great news yesterday as a Marion County granted a temporary restraining order forbidding the state from seizing the paychecks of Democrats. Leader of a 2011 walkout House Speaker Brian Bosma and his henchmen Republican representatives had imposed fines of $2,000 a day on the Democrats for blocking their attack on Indiana's working families.

More good news: Republicans who oppose right-to-work-for-less are running the ad you see above. They call themselves "lunchpail Republicans."

National attention is turning to the Superbowl, to be played February 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Associated Press reported,
Facing a legislative vote that would make Indiana a right-to-work state, alarmed union members are thinking about making their case on perhaps the nation's biggest stage - the Super Bowl.
Labor activists are deciding whether to go ahead with protests that could include Teamsters clogging city streets with trucks and electricians staging a slowdown at the convention center site of the NFL village. What's holding them back is a fear the effort could create a backlash from those who think sports and politics don't mix.
"The last thing the city needs is a black eye,'' said Jeff Combs, organizing director for Teamsters Local 135 in Indianapolis, one of the unions discussing strategy. Union locals are awaiting guidance from the Indiana AFL-CIO before deciding what to do.
And if you haven't heard, Monday will be the biggest rally yet. Tens of thousands of working families are expected to demonstrate against RTW4less in Indianapolis. Call your local for details.