Posts Tagged ‘Indiana’

Sep
2015
25

Portage, IN Becomes First City to Pass Measure Countering Repeal of Common Construction Wage

Portage, IN Becomes First City to Pass Measure Countering Repeal of Common Construction Wage
  On Wednesday, the Portage School Board unanimously voted to approve a responsible bidding policy for work on school construction projects.  The move follows Portage Mayor James Snyder’s proposal of a similar ordinance citywide, which was passed by council.  The ordinances are considered necessary following the state legislature’s…
Sep
2015
2

Indiana Mayor Proposes Responsible Bidder Ordinance to Fill Hole Left by Prevailing Wage Repeal

Indiana Mayor Proposes Responsible Bidder Ordinance to Fill Hole Left by Prevailing Wage Repeal
  In order to counteract the negative effects of the state’s Common Construction Wage repeal, the Mayor of Portage, Indiana has proposed a “responsible bidder ordinance” which he hopes will prevent contractors from receiving city contracts and then delivering “shabby” work.   In April the state legislature voted in favor of…
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Apr
2015
16

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor

Indiana to Repeal Vital Private Sector Wage Protection; 12 Republicans Buck Party, Back Labor
  Despite massive outcry, the Indiana State Senate passed HB 1019 on Wednesday by a 27-22 vote, repealing the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  12 Republicans bucked the extremists in their party and voted against repeal, but it was not enough to save the 80-year-old system.  House Republicans will now caucus to decide whether to…
Apr
2015
10

Indiana Inches Closer to Repealing the Prevailing Wage; Outcry Not Limited to Dems and Labor

Indiana Inches Closer to Repealing the Prevailing Wage; Outcry Not Limited to Dems and Labor
  HB 1019 passed the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee by an 8-5 margin, meaning Republicans are one step closer to repealing the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  All committee Republicans voted in favor of the bill except Sen. Ed Charbonneau, who joined Democrats in voting against the wage-crushing bill.   In order to…
Apr
2015
3

Indiana Building Trades Launch TV Ads in Hail Mary Effort to Halt GOP’s Wage-Slashing Extremism

Indiana Building Trades Launch TV Ads in Hail Mary Effort to Halt GOP's Wage-Slashing Extremism
  As the Indiana GOP continues its partisan effort to repeal the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW), labor advocacy groups are hitting the airwaves to take their counterpoint public.  The repeal is currently in the hands of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee after Labor Committee chair Phil Boots (R- Crawfordsville) said he did…
Feb
2015
24

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal
  After a shotgun hearing moved HB 1019, which would repeal Indiana’s longstanding Common Construction Wage, closer to becoming reality, workers and contractors continued speak out through a contentious week in Indianapolis. But it was of no use. On Monday, the house voted 55-41 to actively lower wages for construction workers in the…
Feb
2015
17

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP’s Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP's Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack
  UPDATE: This morning’s hearing on this issue was live-tweeted by some in attendance. Below are a handful of embedded tweets offering further insight Last speaker for repeal #CommonConstructionWage up now. Worth noting: not one of the speakers was a construction business owner. — Top Notch of Indiana (@TopNotchIndiana) February…
Feb
2015
6

Indiana GOP: Contractors on Publicly Funded Projects Can Discriminate Based on Religion

Indiana GOP: Contractors on Publicly Funded Projects Can Discriminate Based on Religion
  We are not exaggerating. Indiana’s Republican legislature is taking its hard right stance on labor to a new level with the Senate passage of a bill that would allow contractors on publicly funded projects to discriminate based on religion.  The bill, SB 127, passed on a 39-11 vote with all but one Republican voting [&hellip…;
Feb
2015
2

Indiana Bill Would Allow Dark Money Groups, Insurance Co’s to Negotiate Teacher Contracts

Indiana Bill Would Allow Dark Money Groups, Insurance Co's to Negotiate Teacher Contracts
  A new bill heard by an Indiana Senate Pensions and Labor Committee would, among other things, challenge the right of a union to represent teachers in a school district.  Senate Bill 538, introduced by Senator Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury), “would allow any professional employee organization that in some way negotiates for teachers, or can…
Jan
2015
8

IN Gov’s Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs

IN Gov's Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs
  The Indiana Legislature began its four-month legislative session on Tuesday with hopes of enacting a two-year, $30 billion budget which would take effect July 1st.  It is unlikely that much of anything controversial will come to a vote as Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence weighs whether or not to enter the Presidential/Vice Presidential fray…
Nov
2014
14

Indiana Construction Unions Brace for Wage Law Repeal Fight in 2015

  In Indiana, labor groups and their affiliated workers are preparing for what many feel is an inevitable attack on the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW) during next year’s legislative session.  A repeal of the law, which governs wages on public works projects and is similar to the “prevailing wage” for construction…
Aug
2014
22

Dem Leader in Indiana Beseeches Voters to Halt Fort Wayne’s Anti-Worker Efforts at the Ballot Box

Dem Leader in Indiana Beseeches Voters to Halt Fort Wayne's Anti-Worker Efforts at the Ballot Box
  In the ongoing saga of the Fort Wayne City Council using its Republican supermajority to make extreme cuts to the collective bargaining rights of city employees, Democrats, including the mayor, have been unflappable in their support of workers. Now, John Court, Chairman of the Allen County Democratic Party has penned an op-ed asking for…