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On behalf of all Hoosiers, the Indiana AFL-CIO invites you to attend the 2015 Workers Memorial Day State Ceremony on Tuesday April 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Indiana Statehouse.

The annual ceremony includes workers’ family members, remarks from AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies and the reading of the names of the deceased. This year we will remember 99 workers who died on the job.

Similar ceremonies will also being held in Bloomington, Lafayette and South Bend.

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This week marked the final full week of work for the Indiana General Assembly, as conference committees met around the clock to iron out differences between House-passed and Senate-passed versions of legislation.

By law, the 2015 legislative session must adjourn by this coming Wednesday, April 29th – if not before.

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House Bill 1019, which repeals Indiana's long standing and highly effective Common Construction Wage law is on it's way to becoming state law. Despite strong opposition from organized labor, contractors and local government officials the measure was approved by the Indiana State Senate on Wednesday April 15, 2015 by a vote of 27-22.

The bill now heads back to the House of Representatives for a expected concurrence and then onto the Governor's desk for his signature.

 

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Fifteen years ago, there were roughly 17 million American manufacturing jobs. Today the number of those manufacturing jobs, which pay a significant wage premium for middle-skill workers without a college degree, is closer to 12 million. In Indiana alone, one out of every five manufacturing jobs disappeared during that time.

Nowadays there are a lot more of us working in minimum-wage retail positions at places like Wal-mart.

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