Stop Forcing Right to Work Legislation & Work With Democrats!
  • Petitioned Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis)

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Stop Forcing Right to Work Legislation & Work With Democrats!

    1. Brian Cowell
    2. Petition by

      Brian Cowell

      Westport, IN

Hoosiers don't favor 'Right to Work' legislation, and we don't want Republicans pushing Democrats into a walkout or having to boycott this legislative session and getting nothing done because of Republicans refusing to work with them by railroading this unpopular legislation.  Hoosiers want Republicans to recognize that they have not been elected with a Super Majority and that they haven't the power to take control of the House Chamber in the General Assembly without the Democrats present to work with them.

Compromise is the basis for our democratic system of government, and we Hoosiers expect that Republicans begin taking on our business in The House Chamber with that basis in mind.  We also expect that the Repubicans, including those in the House, Senate, and most importantly the one sitting in our Governor's Office start listening to Hoosiers' voices when we say we want to be heard!

Republicans are right about one thing in their recent attack ads, though.  Democrats are representing some pretty special interests in the House.  They are representing Hoosier and American interests.  They are representing middle class, blue collar, the working man's, and your values.  If you have an interest in Indiana's economy, they're representing you!  I consider those interests to be pretty special. So I will agree with Republicans there, but otherwise they are quite misguided.

In the end, if Democrats and Hoosiers alike are steamrolled over to pass this legislation by Republicans, I would imagine that a large number of Republican State Representatives and Senators will find out whether they will retain their own "Right to Work" as measured by the popular vote.

Hoosiers don't want Indiana to be the 23rd 'Right to Work' state.  We don't want lower wages, lesser safety standards on the job, or any of the other negative impacts that studies have shown will come with the passage of this punitive legislation.  We want our General Assembly to work together to enact sensible legislation that will actually bring more jobs to Indiana without decreasing wages, safety standards, or taking away our rights to collectively baragain.  We want to remain a leader in economic development, and we can do it without 'Right ot Work'!

UPDATE AS OF 1/6/12:  The petition is now being sent to Governor Daniels and both full Houses of The Indiana General Assembly.

ATTENTION HOOSIERS!  Find out who your Elected Legislators are and contact them regarding this legislation.  Use the web address below to find out who they are and how you can contact them.  It is important for them to know that you support Hoosier labor and are against 'Right to Work' regardless of how they currently intend to vote so that all Hoosiers' voices are heard on this issue!

http://www.in.gov/legislative/index.htm?WT.cg_n=IN_billboards&WT.cg_s=032410_05_law_CurrentSessionbutton 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Indiana is Now the 23rd 'Right to Work' state

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings Fellow Supports of Hoosier Labor Rights,

      I am sad to inform you, if you are not yet aware, that the Indiana Senate voted in favor of Right to Work yesterday sending the legislation to Governor Daniels who signed it just hours later.

      Our Governor and our General Assembly have failed to listen to us, but we have not yet lost our voice. We are now given the opportunity to protest this catastrophe and to vote legislators out of office if they fail to listen to us now. I have also begun a new petition (link attached) to be sent to the Governor and the General Assembly telling them that one day of 'Right to Work' is one day too many.

      I hope you will join me in and sign the new petition. I hope that you will stay the course in our struggle to retain labor rights in Indiana, and I thank you for your support!

      Sincerely,

      Brian Cowell

      New Petition:
      http://www.change.org/petitions/give-hoosiers-back-the-right-to-bargain-fairly-and-end-right-to-work

    2. New York Times: Indiana Becomes 'Right to Work' state

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      February 1st, 2012 is the day that Hoosiers right to fairly bargain in the workplace was ended by Governor Mitch Daniels and The Indiana General Assembly. As the New York Times reports, Indiana has now become the 23rd state with a "Right to Work" law. For the full story by the times, click the link below.

    3. INDYSTAR: Right-to-work opponents: 'Occupy Super Bowl Village'

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      The Indianapolis Star reports that "Right to Work" opponents are planning to occupy the Super Bowl Village in downtown Indianapolis. While interviewing Bill Mullen, a professor at Purdue University, who is an organizer of the protests, the Star learned that the protesters are planning to occupy "the Statehouse next week and the Super Bowl Village a week from tomorrow." The occupiers say that
      , "This campaign is not going to stop. These people’s voices are not going to relent. We are fearless and we are very strong.”

      Click the link below to read the full story at IndyStar.com.

    4. The Maddow Blog: Ohio governor on Right to Work: Remember the sharks

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      MSNBC's Rachel Maddow's blog features a video in which Ohio Governor John Kasich (R), who tried very unsuccessfully to pass a union-stripping bill which was later killed by a citizen referendum, comments to the press on Indiana's "Right to Work" legislation.

      NOTE: The Governor takes a couple of questions prior to answering the "RTW" question.

    5. NWITIMES: Hoosiers deserve referendum on right to work

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      In a Letter to The Editor to the Northwest Indiana Times, author Betty Quinn of Hammond gives a nice and concise sum up of why we, as Hoosiers, should have the right to decide (as citizens) whether we want a "Right to Work" law in Indiana.

    6. Indiana House Democrats might end boycott Monday

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      House Minority Leader Pat Bauer (D-South Bend) has announced that Democrats will return to the House chamber floor at "high noon" on Monday to resume debating the proposed 'Right to Work' legislation. According to the Indiana Business Journal that wrote the report, the Democrats filed an amendment early Friday that would send the legislation before the voting public in a referendum vote in November.

    7. NFL Players Association to Join Right to Work Demonstration

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      WTHR Channel 13 TV Indianapolis reports on the NFL Player's Association's joining of the demonstrations against Indiana's proposed 'Right to Work' legislation.

    8. House Democrats Now Face Fines & Protesters Prepare to Target the Superbowl

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      WRTV Channel 6 TV News Indianapolis reports that Indiana House Democrats are now being fined for denying Republicans the necessary quorum to conduct daily business. House Republicans voted to begin imposing the $1000 per day fines on Wednesday as Democrats caucused in the Statehouse Rotunda among the many union protesters as they refused to enter the House Chamber.

      For now, it appears that protesters and Democrats are going to wait this battle out (and likely hold more public meetings about the proposed "Right to Work" legislation) until all eyes are on Indianapolis for the coverage of Superbowl XLVI on February 5th. Republican lawmakers would certainly get their jerseys dirty in front of an international audience with so many pro-labor supporters and Democrats forcing them onto the field while they continue to play with this foul legislation.

      To view the full WRTV 6 News story and video on TheIndyChannel.com, click the link below...

    9. Indiana House Democrats Block 'Right to Work' Vote

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      Indiana House Democrats are blocking the Republicans from voting the 'Right to Work' legislation into law. Both parties argued over who broke an agreement to work together to put the legislation on the ballot today. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer (D-South Bend) had this to say about Republicans:

      "The same continuing pattern is they do not want the public to legitimately and constitutionally have the referendum. That's part of their pattern. Keep the public out and go after the representatives who demand that the public be let in."

      Click the link below to watch the WTHR Channel 13 TV News report...

    10. The Rachel Maddow Show features Indiana's Lunchpail Republicans

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      The group of Indiana "Lunchpail Republicans" that are fighting pro 'Right to Work' Republicans, including House Speaker Bosma and Governor Daniels, were featured on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. Click the link below to view the segment.

    11. "Lunchpail Republicans" Fighting 'RTW' Republicans & Speaker Bosma!

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      A group of Indiana Republicans has formed a group known as the "Lunchpail Republicans" and they are fighting against members of their own party that are advocating for the proposed 'Right to Work' legislation. They have gone so far as to speak out against House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), Governor Daniels (R), and are preparing to fund Republican candidates that will run against incumbents Republicans that are currently supporting the proposed 'Right to Work' legislation. They have even begun running attack ads against pro-RTW Republicans!

      They are promoting labor as a basic principle of the Republican Party among other issues, and their members range from members of The Indiana General Assembly to City and County Council Members across the state.

      For more information about the Lunchpail Republicans, visit their website by clicking the link below.

    12. We've Reached 100 Signatures, but There is Still Much Work to Be Done!

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      I'd like to personally thank each and every one of you for your support of Hoosiers' right to collectively bargain in the workplace and for telling Republicans in The Indiana General Assembly that we want them to work together to improve our state's economy. We still have a ways to go, but we keep reaching milestones that show that Hoosiers want responsible and cooperative government rather than the current one party unilateral railroading that is currently taking place.

      I hope that you will join me in contacting your State Representatives tomorrow (see post below for information on how to contact your legislators) to let them know that we want 'Right to Work' to be decided by Hoosiers on the election ballot rather than passed into law by Republicans alone.

      I hope that you will also join me in continuing to voice your opinions through all the online social media outlets, networks, and other sources available to us. Continue using your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and blogs!

    13. Reached 100 signatures
    14. Poll Conducted by Indiana AFL-CIO Poll Finds Hoosiers Want Referendum

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      "Hoosiers overwhelmingly support a public referendum on the controversial “right to work” legislation and are unhappy with the Indiana General Assembly’s rush to pass it." The poll also found that, "71 percent want referendum, 69 percent think slow down is in order."

      Don't forget to contact your Indiana State Representatives to tell them to VOTE YES on Tuesday for the referendum! (see story just below this one for ways to contact your Indiana State Representative).

      Click the link directly below to view the Indiana AFL-CIO Poll News Release about the poll.

    15. Tell Your Indiana State Representative to Vote YES for Referendum on TUE

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      This coming Tuesday, the Indiana State House of Representatives will be voting on whether or not to put the proposed 'Right to Work' legislation on the ballot for Hoosiers to decide themselves. It is ESSENTIAL that you contact your State Representative and tell them you want them to VOTE YES for the referendum so that we can all have our say instead of letting Republicans vote in favor of it and send it to Governor Daniels who will most certainly sign it the moment it arrives on his desk. We must make our voices heard!!!

      Use the numbers below to contact the Statehouse and contact your State Representative.
      (317) 232-9600
      (800) 382-9842

      Use the link below to contact your State Representative by email.

    16. NWITIMES: Study: 'RTW' won't boost Indiana manufacturing jobs, wages

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      The Northwest Indiana Times reports on a new study conducted by Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research that examines states similar to Indiana and how 'Right to Work' legislation has impacted those states and their manufacturing industries, economies, etc.

    17. IN Democrats Uncover Candidate Daniels' Writing "No Need Exists" for 'RTW'

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      A lot has changed since 2004, and apparently so has our Governor's mind. When he was writing a union leader to thank him for his support in 2004 during his candidacy for Governor, he assured him that he believed that "no need exists to enact a 'right to work' statute in our state." Even though we've remained relatively prosperous during a bad economy, the Governor all of a sudden has forgotten what he had written in 2004 when he was campaigning.

      Let's hope this jogs the Governor's memory a bit and makes him reconsider his principles.

      Click the link below to view the full letter.

    18. IndyStar: Democrat leader seeking referendum on 'right to work'

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      The Indianapolis Star is reporting that House Minority Leader Pat Bauer (D-South Bend) is seeking to bring the proposed 'Right to Work' legislation to a referendum vote before the people of Indiana on the election ballot.

      For more on this story, click the link below.

    19. Union Workers March Through The Snow in Indianapolis to Protest 'RTW' Today

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      WIBC 93.1FM Indianapolis reports that Hoosier union workers marched through the snowy weather today in protest of the proposed 'Right to Work' legislation. The union workers marched despite the cold, snow, and windy conditions from Lucas Oil Stadium to the Statehouse.

      For more on this story, visit the WIBC 93.1 FM website by clicking the link below.

    20. Oklahoma Union Workers Join Protest at The Indiana Statehouse

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      WISH TV Channel 8 in Indianapolis reports that union members from Oklahoma, the last state to have passed a 'Right to Work' law, have come to Indiana to join Union members and pro-labor protesters at The Statehouse. They are here to share their knowledge that 'Right to Work' has not shown a positive impact for workers in Oklahoma, and they want to help prevent Indiana from making the same mistake their state made almost a decade ago by passing a 'Right to Work' law.

      Click the link below for the TV news story and more details from WISH TV Channel 8.

    21. Democracy Now! Features Indiana's Debate on 'Right to Work' Legislation

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      A video feature by Democracy Now! interviews House Republican Bill Friend and Democrat Kreg Battles and discusses how the House is debating 'Right to Work', the studies that have been conducted in Indiana regarding 'RTW', and how this will impact Hoosier workers.

    22. IndyStar.com: Protesters' boos compete with Daniels' message

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      Yet another story, this by the Indianapolis Star, reports about the Protesters at The Statehouse competing with Governor Daniels during his final State of The State Address. The Star also speaks with House Minority Leader Pat Bauer (D-South Bend) and Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson (D-Ellettsville) for their reactions to The Governor's address.

    23. University of Notre Dame Labor Study Documents Right to Work Lowers Wages

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      A study conducted by the Higgins Labor Studies Program at The University of Notre Dame published on January 3rd shows that Right to Work Legislation will indeed lower wages and have additional negative consequences for Hoosier workers.

      You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the study document (linked to below).
      Visit www.adobe.com to download Acrobat Reader for free for your Windows PC or Mac.

    24. Protesters Make Their Voices Heard at The State of The State Address

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      WTHR Channel 13 TV Indianapolis reports on the crowds of pro-union and labor supporters that packed the Statehouse rotunda as Governor Daniels gave his State of The State Address last night. The crowds could even be heard during the television broadcasts of the address, and Governor Daniels was quickly removed from the building after the speech long before the labor supporters gave up their cause for the night.

    25. Governor Daniels Delivers His Final State of The State Address

      Brian Cowell
      Petition Organizer

      Governor Daniels gave his final State of The State Address before the State Assembly last night. I have posted the link to his full address on YouTube. If you look closely, their are EMPTY seats in the House Chamber because many House Democrats refused to attend due to the Governor's pushing through 'Right to Work' legislation. Many Senate Democrats, who don't have enough votes to stop the legislation in the Senate, sat in House Democrats' seats during the address by The Governor.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jackie Edmundson NORTH VERNON, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      Do not support ROW in any form for Indiana workers. Hoosiers need to get a copy of Wisconsin's Play Book that they are using on GOP Gov Walker and start using it on all Indiana GOP LAWMAKERS in the State.

      jle

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    • Elizabeth Neal WEST LAFAYETTE, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      This would be the perfect reason to fire all union workers and bring in minimum wage workers, making Indiana a very poor state

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    • Bret Hornaday POLAND, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a dues paying laborer and I dont want scabs coming on my job and making the same that I do and I pay Dues! and Indiana has no businsess being a RTW state. This was not an issue when they were campainging. And I dont like how the republicans are trying to force this thing through

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    • Lester Zimmerman FORT WAYNE, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      This bill truly has nothing to do with helping the working class people. Right To Work is terminology used to fool people into thinking that they will have a good secure job. When in reality the working person will loose any rights they would ever have in the work place and be totally at the mercy of employers.

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    • Gordon Gray ELIZABETHTOWN, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      I will want to have better wages and bargaianing power on greedy companies

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