Despite mass opposition to the so-called right to work bill, the Indiana State Senate yesterday approved the measure.
Workers, their unions and their allies are gearing up for more tough legislative fights in 2012.
The AFL-CIO has issued a national appeal for help to stop passage of a so-called "right-to-work" law in Indiana. "We are at war," the AFL-CIO appeal reads. "The assault on workers in Indiana continues."
"Corporate greed at Cooper Tire is flat out wrong!" That was the message brought by pickets protesting the lockout of 1051 workers by Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. at its plant in Findlay, Ohio.
The Bakery Workers, the Teamsters, and other unions representing Hostess Foods employees scrambled to protect their members as the snack food company filed for bankruptcy on Jan. 1.
The struggle for workers' collective bargaining rights suffered a blow in Indiana, but the fight is not over yet.
For the second day in a row, the GOP was unable to push through the legislation because House Democrats failed to show up for a vote.
Another right-wing effort to throw public worker unions out of politics hit the U.S. Supreme Court agenda.
The AFL-CIO and allied groups have held actions in 50 cities urging extension of unemployment benefits set to begin expiring in January.
It's a classic case showing how employers manipulate voter lists to defeat union organizing drives, but the NLRB has given workers a second chance at winning representation.