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Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List. Read more >>>

Representing more than 300,000 working Hoosiers from around the state in more than 800 affiliated local unions, today the Indiana State AFL-CIO officially endorsed Evan Bayh who is running for U.S. Senate.  Read more >>>

 Joe Breedlove of the Indiana State AFL-CIO retired today after serving more than 13 years as Secretary Treasurer for the organization. Read more >>>

 Indiana State AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies made the following comments on the announcement that Mike Pence will be forfeiting his governorship to run alongside GOP nominee Donald Trump:

 

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 The Indiana State AFL-CIO has made additional endorsements of candidates for the 2016 general election. We are pleased to endorse these candidates who we strongly believe will represent hardworking Hoosiers at the Indiana Statehouse. Read more >>>

This is a letter written by David Fagan, the financial secretary of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150. In an open letter, David calls upon Indiana's current governor to re-evaluate the way he has treated unions and their members with the passage of Right to Work, the repeal of the Common Construction Wage, and his rhetoric aimed at "union bosses".  Read more >>>

Here you can find a list of upcoming political action for our endorsed candidates throughout the state. To get involved, please get in touch with the point of contact provided. Let's work together to get all worker-friendly candidates elected November 8th! 

 

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 The Indiana State AFL-CIO would like to thank all of our affiliated union members who filed to be a delegate at the Democratic National Convention. The final delegates will be voted on at the Indiana State Democratic Convention on June 18. To anyone attending this upcoming convention, we encourage your support of our fellow union members. Read more >>>

 State Representative Christina Hale has been named Democratic candidate John Gregg's running mate in the 2016 gubernatorial race.

Christina has represented House District 87 since 2013 with a 95 percent 2015-2016 voting record with the AFL-CIO. She is a strong advocate for working people and women and said she is ready to "double down" with her running mate to make Indiana a stronger, more inclusive state.

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The Indiana State AFL-CIO made endorsements Friday afternoon at the annual COPE Convention at the IBEW Local 481 union hall. The endorsements were made based upon incumbents' lifetime voting records and for challengers in the race it was based on a questionnaire generated by the national AFL-CIO. Read more >>>

 Two Indianapolis-based heating and air conditioning plants, Carrier and United Technologies, announced in February they will be moving operations to Mexico starting 2017 and taking with them 2,100 Hoosier jobs, not to mention hope for their future.

The announcements from these two Indiana plants prompted some of the presidential candidates to discuss the devastating affects trade deals like NAFTA and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership have on working Americans. Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton discussed the topic in several debates following the announcement by Carrier— both planting their stance on the issue firmly in support of working people in this nation.

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 Every year the Indiana AFL-CIO, with the help of our affiliates, compile a scorecard to inform our members how their members of the General Assembly voted on issues important to working families.

 

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Last week, long-time college athletes’ rights advocate and former UCLA football player Ramogi Huma and former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter who led the high-profile campaign to unionize Northwestern football players delivered a powerful message at the Indiana State AFL-CIO State Convention in Indianapolis. Read more >>>

As we do each year, this Labor Day, we recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers and celebrate all those who make our country run day in and day out.

Many of us will be busy this weekend with barbecues, festivals and other types of family events. However, this is also a time to truly consider what strengthens our families and to take a hard look at how failed public policies have diminished working peoples’ ability to sustain a good living.

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Representing more than 300,000 working Hoosiers from around the state in more than 800 affiliated local unions, today the Indiana State AFL-CIO officially endorsed John Gregg for Governor.

“On behalf this great statewide federation of local unions we are proud to endorse John Gregg in his campaign for Governor,” said Indiana AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies. “John has spent his entire career standing up for working families and we know that he will continue to do that as our next Governor.”

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Indiana State AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies issued the following statement this evening in reaction to Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s announcement tonight that he would seek re-election in 2016:

“On behalf of the 300,000 working men and women who are represented by the Indiana State AFL-CIO and all Hoosiers who work for a living, my reaction to Mike Pence seeking a second term as our governor is: No, thank you. We’ve had enough.

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We are proud to welcome Iron Workers Local 395 of Portage to the Indiana AFL-CIO!

As is done every year, the Indiana AFL-CIO, with the help of our affiliates, has complied a scorecard for the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

This Legisatlive Scorecard tracks and scores key votes made by the members of the Indiana General Assembly in 2015. These votes, along with votes taken in other legislative sessions, will impact organized labor's endorsement of candidates in the 2016 elections.

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According to the AFL-CIO’s annual Executive PayWatch report, released this morning, Indiana S&P 500 CEOs made an average of $12,556,710 in 2014 – 306 times more than the average Hoosier worker who earned an average of $41,033 over the same period. Read more >>>

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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