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This week marked the beginning of the second half of the 2015 General Assembly. Legislation passed by the House will now be considered in the State Senate and vice versa. And while many of the bills being tracked by the Indiana AFL-CIO and our affiliates were assigned to committees, none were given hearings this week. Read more >>>

The Indiana House of Representatives approved House Bill 1019, which repeals Indiana's long standing Common Construction Wage law, by a vote of 55-41 last week.

The legislation now move to the Indiana State Senate, where it has been assigned to the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. Please take a moment to contact your State Senator and urge them to oppose repealing this law.

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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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Some 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are on strike at nine refineries operated by Shell, Marathon, Tesoro and LyondellBasell after Shell, the lead company in the National Oil Bargaining talks, “refused to provide us with a counteroffer and left the bargaining table,” said USW President Leo W. Gerard. The strike at the nine facilities began Monday, and the remaining USW-represented refineries and oil facilities are operating under a rolling 24-hour contract extension. The USW represents 65 U.S. refineries and more than 230 refineries, oil terminals, pipelines and petrochemical facilities in the United States. Read more >>>

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