Unions

WIKICOMMONS, Samantha Horton, Indiana Public Broadcasting

This week on WBOI Presents, we have more from our most recent Issue & Ales discussion on unions at Welch’s Ale House. 

Courtesy General Motors

Officials at the General Motors Assembly plant in Fort Wayne responded Thursday to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Ohio stemming from the use of temporary workers.

Unions Anticipate Labor Day Despite Recent Setbacks

Aug 29, 2014

Labor Day is Monday. And while many folks take the long weekend to relax, the symbolic end of the summer means something different to union organizers.

For them it’s a day to celebrate the solidarity of their workers.

This year, policy in Indiana and across the country  has continued to limit the influence and power unions have – and union membership is following that downward trend.

GOP Leader Proposes City Worker Protections

Jul 28, 2014
Courtesy / Allen County GOP

Allen County’s Republican Party leader has a new proposal to protect workers he says will “smooth the edges” of Fort Wayne’s recent ban on collective bargaining for most city employees.

Chairman Steve Shine sent a letter to Republican members of the Fort Wayne City Council Friday urging them to create an appeals process for city workers that would ensure fairness in firing and disciplinary decisions.

Shine says he was initially approached on the matter by Jeremy Bush with the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighers union, who asked him to intercede with a proposal.

Fort Wayne City Council Upholds Right-to-Work Ordinance

Jul 23, 2014

A right-to-work ordinance for Fort Wayne’s police officers and firefighters survived a mayoral veto. The vote was made at Tuesday's City Council meeting. 

The ordinance says that public safety workers can’t lose their jobs if they don’t want to pay union dues. It was introduced by Republican councilman Mitch Harper.

Harper says it’s a matter of principle – that it’s not taking away union’s rights, but giving freedom of choice to the employee.

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