Facing key deadlines to approve legislation set to become law, this week the Republican supermajorities advanced numerous bills that undermine Hoosier workers, educators, businesses and local governments. Other pieces of legislation have been or will be sent to conference committees where members of both chambers will work to iron out differences before bringing them back to their respective chambers for final approval.

Below are updates on the status of legislation currently being tracked by the Indiana AFL-CIO and our affiliates:

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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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Today Indiana State AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies issued the following statement urging the Indiana General Assembly repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and reset their legislative priorities:
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While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it is the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert. 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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