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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This week the first half of the 2015 Indiana General Assembly concluded. All legislation introduced this session had to have cleared either the State Senate or State House of Representatives by Wednesday to advance further in the process. Next week, House bills will begin being worked on in the State Senate and State Senate bills will be considered in the House.

As expected, several anti-worker measures were rammed through this week, including measures to lower wages, roll back collective bargaining rights and silence the voice of employees on the job. The following is a brief re-cap of where some of the bills the Indiana AFL-CIO is following currently stand:

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Following the Indiana House of Representative’s approval today of House Bill 1019, which repeals the state’s long standing and highly effective Common Construction Wage law, Indiana State AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies issued the following statement: Read more >>>

As the Indiana General Assembly debates repealing Indiana’s long standing Common Construction Wage law, a new study released today highlights the positive impact it has had on Indiana’s economy, workers and communities. 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.



Despite repeated testimony from contractors, construction users and economists that repeal would take work from Indiana contractors and construction workers, and ultimately lower wages, the Republicans attacked local business owners and passed the bill.


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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 >>>

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal: In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to create an economy that truly works for all working people. His budget follows through with a number of proposals that would benefit American workers, such as repeal of harmful sequestration cuts, higher taxes on capital gains and a financial crisis fee on the largest financial institutions. These are all pieces to a robust program to raise Read more >>>

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Then sign up for the Indiana State AFL-CIO’s free text alerts. Text INAFLCIO to 94502 to begin receiving these periodic alerts.

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Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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