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OWS, Labor Unions Join NFL Players To Oppose Attacks on Workers

OWS, Labor Unions Join NFL Players To Oppose Attacks on Workers

Today, as millions gather around their television to watch the Super Bowl, union members and Occupy Wall Street demonstrators will gather in Indianapolis to protest social and political inequalities that harm American families.

A direct action event will take place at noon Super Bowl Sunday on the south lawn of the Indiana State House in Indianapolis, where Wednesday Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law HB 1001 attempting to dismantle union power and workplace democracy in Indiana. The occupation is in solidarity with trade unions across Indiana, including members of the National Football League Players Association.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure it remains peaceful,” Occupy Indianapolis organizer Greg Lambert said Friday of this weekend’s Occupy efforts.

“We don’t want to disrupt anything. We just want to protest, for people to see us and hear our message,” he said. “We’re not going to interfere with people and what they are doing.”

According to a joint statement by Occupy Indy and Occupy Purdue, Sunday’s event will use the State House as a people’s stage to rebuild solidarity and resistance.  The event will be non-violent and geared towards all audiences including fans attending the New England Patriots-New York Giants football game. Organizers especially invite out-of-state guests to Indiana to come and see the real effects of Right to Work on workers’ lives so they might go home to warn their brothers and sisters of its consequences.

“Right-to-Work takes away our livelihoods, and further degrades the rights of workers which have been under attack since the day they were signed into law,” says Tracy Lubbehusen from Occupy Indiana. “If the people of Indiana and their families were not desperate, we would not be taking to the streets in these numbers. What are you supposed to do when your elected officials refuse to put people first?”

“We wonder how Mitch Daniels and the other 1% politicians attending the Super Bowl will feel when they see Unions, Occupiers, and other people they claim to represent standing together against attacks on worker’s rights,” says Rachael Perrotta, a participant in Occupy Chicago. “Even the NFL Player’s Association has condemned Right to Work. Our movement is growing more cohesive, entering into a new phase of coordinated organizing with our allies in labor.”

On Saturday, Occupiers and their allies gathered at the south lawn of the Indiana Statehouse to conduct a same sex marriage ceremony for about 40 couples in protest of the state’s 2011 ban on gay marriage. This was followed by a rally and march in support of Occupy Oakland.

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6:40PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

I recommend that those who oppose unions (even where flawed, corrupt, undemocratic, or otherwise problemmatic) consider that wealth has been explosively growing in the US since the 1970s and unions have been rapidly declining in the same period. Worker productivity has massively increased and yet wages have declined or stagnated and worker insecurity has increased as well. Private pensions have almost disappeared and retirement now depends on whatever happens to your 401k in the current economy (if you have a 401k!). If you do not like the unions you know, then find other ways to engage in collective action to defend your standard of living, but there was no mass middle class before mass unionism, and the mass middle class is disappearing without mass unionism.

7:33AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

I am highly skeptical of anyone who either wants to forbid you from joining a union or forbid you from not joining one.

4:16PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

@billy c
what the heck are you talking about. The raft of non union jobs in the south are in the service sector, low paying no benefits and a large majority given to large foreign worker influx. In fact Nissan Corp was the first auto maker to come to USA particularly south (tennessee..etc) and the first thing they did was talk to the perspective workers, many laid off from auto industry here, with experience and relocating south. Nissan did the research and offered a good pay AND benefit package, but first encouraged the workers to collectively bargain to go non-union. Seems large japanese corps have better view of fair wages then "right to work" pushers do.

3:54PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Right to work laws are..Right to work for less, less money, less benefits, and less rights.

3:52PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Long live Labor Unions! Long live American Workers! Get a clue large corporations and fat cats. Get rid of the tea party...Republicans. Raise taxes on the rich. Tell the banks to get their bums off the trillion dollars and put it into the economy. Create jobs. Congress pass the American Jobs Act. When people have good paying jobs, they will spend, pay taxes, and the deficit will go down.

3:44PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Clint Eastwood just made Obama's Day!

3:38PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

LETS "FIRE" GOP/TEAPARTY, VOTE DEMOCRAT. DIANA.

3:37PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

THE PEOPLE GOP/TEAPARTY WAS "HIRED " TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE!!!!!, THEY WILL NOT DO THEIR JOBS, UNIONS ARE NEEDED TO PROTECT WORKERS !!!!!. WE NEED TO "HIRE " PEOPLE THAT WILL SUPPORT ALL AMERICANS. NO ONE IS FORCED TO JOIN A UNION!!!!!, BUT WHEN THEY NEED HELP ON THE JOB THEY WILL WISH THEY HAD THEM!!!!. VOTE STRAIGHT STRAIGHT DEMOCRAT!!!!. DIANA.

3:37PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

unions had their place a long time ago. now they are nothing more than thugs. the union leaders take the money and run. you can't get rid of a union worker that does nothing, no matter how bad. the union will get their job back. when you pay people 50,000 to sweep floors it's crazy. no wonder jobs leave this country so fast. the unions have priced us out of the market. car makers are flocking to the south because there are very few unions down here. they pay good money, but not insane money like up north. if the north wants to keep their unions they shouldn't be upset when all those jobs leave and move south or out of the country. the people of the south will take your jobs as fast as they come here. you keep your union thugs we don't want them.

2:40PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

All over the internet, where ever there is a discussion about organized labor, the paid trolls and nay-sayers come out.

There was no middle class before unions. There was abject poverty and the wealthy. Enacting "right to work" laws will move us ever closer to returning to those days. We should all be in the streets protecting labor rights.

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