APRIL 2015 NEWS
Let me start off by saying I don’t intend to offend anyone with this news update, but the facts are the facts. If you don’t like the facts then wake up and get involved and help change the facts going forward. If you are already involved please understand this article is not directed at you. Local 4 IN/KY thanks you for being involved and for understanding the importance of helping shape your own future.
Many members have heard me say in the past that the political process will kill us before we kill ourselves. You haven’t been paying any attention at the political process; Unions & Middle Class were delivered yet another blow to your standard of living, which means your wages and benefits.
The Indiana House and Senate have both voted to repeal the Common Construction Wage Law in Indiana. It is now on the way to the Governor for his signature and once signed it will become law July 1st, 2015. For those members that don’t have a clue about the Common Construction Wage Law, I highly recommend you look it up and read about it. It was a law that helped protected your wages and benefits.
The politicians that voted to repeal the Common Construction Wage will be posted soon. These Politicians get elected by talking about guns, gays and abortion. Although, you never hear anyone say crap about their continuous attack on Unions. Believe me that’s what this is all about. They will continue to do everything possible to hurt Unions, their doing it now and if they stay in office they will continue this attack.
The facts are that these politicians hate Unions. They talk out of both sides of their mouth and way too many of our own members vote for these people that is out to destroy organized labor. Then again, you have many that just set at home and say my vote doesn’t count. I say if you can’t see now that you need to get involved and vote for those that support your pocketbook, then you get what you deserve.
When these same people passed Right to Work in Indiana, we stood at the big rally at the Statehouse and said we will remember, we’re union, and we vote. We sure punished the ones that voted to pass Right to Work!! Before the vote they had a simple majority, then after the Right to Work vote the very next election, the way they were punished was now they have a Super Majority. By god we showed them; we sure punished them, all we did was give them more votes to continue the attack on Unions.
Don’t be fooled by the bull crap that these politicians are saying. They will not be happy until your union is at the bottom. This repeal doesn’t put us there, but it is sure another step in the wrong direction. Then guess what, after the next election if they continue to have a super majority and in the Governors office these head hunters will continue their attack. I for one believe that Indiana has been in the news way to much. These people and the Governor have embarrassed Indiana enough. It’s time for the middle class and the working class to fight back, and the only way to do this is by voting. The middle class sure can’t out spend all the out of state money that is given to these politicians for voting to kill unions, but we can out vote them. Voting cost you nothing and that is where we can make a difference by getting off of you know what, and getting involved. Not only voting, but voting for people that support our issues!
Here are the unusual steps that both the House and the Senate were willing to take to repeal the Common Construction Wage Law. These steps may not be perfect order, but this did take place in the fight to stop repeal of Common Construction Wage.
First: It all started in the Indiana House of Representatives. The bill to repeal was going to the committee that would pass it and then be voted on the full floor of Representatives. The first problem they ran into was that the Chairman of that committee let it be known that he would not hear the bill and the bill would die right there in committee. So, the speaker of the House replaced him as chairman for that day and put in a new chairman that would hear the bill. So, it went through the dog and pony show (even the republicans that were sitting beside me said “they couldn’t believe how the house was handling this issue.) The vote was taken and it passed close to party lines for the repeal to go to the full House of Representatives for a vote, and it passed out of the house and was sent to the Senate for the Senate’s approval.
Second: Then it goes to the Senate, Senate Pro Temp is told by the chairman of the Labor committee which should have heard the bill that he will not hear the bill so it would have died in that committee. Instead Senate Pro Temp uses his power and assigns the bill to a different committee; one that he knew would hear the bill and pass the bill to the full Senate floor for a vote.
Of course this committee votes to send to the Senate floor for a vote, but the chairman gets amendments added to the Bill that believe it or not makes it even worse. Word was out that if the Repeal passed and became law that some bigger cities and towns would pass their own Common Wage Law. They could not let that happen, so they added amendments to the bill. One being that it’s against the law for cities and other elected identities to be able to pass ordinances that would set a Common Wage in their cities or counties. So in other words the people you elected at your local level are not smart enough to know what is best for that city or county they know best at the statehouse.
Third: The vote on the Senate floor was not heard right away because Senate Pro Temp was not sure they had the votes to pass the Repeal. So, they continue to put pressure on the Senate members that will vote no on the Repeal to change their vote. When Senate Pro Temp was not real sure he could get it done guess who now gets involved, our Governor! Yes, the one and the same that has embarrassed Indiana, starts calling members of the Senate. Even with both of these high ranking officers pressuring and calling it takes time before they feel like it will pass a vote on the Senate floor.
Fourth: Senate floor then debates the Repeal of the Common Wage for a lengthy time. With even republicans testifying that they were against this repeal, but even with some high ranking and well respected Senators speaking against this law the vote was taken and it passed. It was also pointed out that some of the amendments that were passed were not in the law as it was written and even then they still vote to pass. But with the amendments that the Senate approves the law has changed and must now go back to the house for yet another vote.
Fifth: The law goes back to House and of course they vote to pass the Senate version. I’m sure they were pleased that the Senates amendments made the law against Unions even worse, so they passed it real quick.
Sixth: Now it will go to the Governor for his signature and then it becomes law.
The point is these people in power changed a number of things to make sure this Repeal was passed. The fact is that they were willing to do whatever it took to pass this law and to continue their attacks on the Working Middle Class and Unions.
Quit worrying about issues that they continue to make a big deal because you’re listening to issues like your guns, abortion and gays. You better start worrying about jobs, food on the table, your pensions, your H&W and your wages. How you going to pay for your ammunition if you don’t have a job or have to take a huge pay cut, figure that one out. What will you do if your H&W and or Pensions have to change because the hours drop off? These are issues that we should be concerned about they affect us now.
The Governor and these politicians just hired an out of state PR firm to help the image of Indiana, but it’s really to help the image of the Governor before the next election. His approval rating is taking a big hit because of the stupid laws he has signed, but the worst part of this is the cost of the out of state firm they hired is Two (2) million dollars of mine and your taxpayer’s money! YES 2 million that could have went to creating jobs and putting people to work.
If you agree with what is happening in the State of Indiana then continue to vote for the same people. When your Standard of Living, your Union and everything else is affected that I mentioned in this article don’t blame those that have worked their ass off. For those that are not involved or those that vote for these politicians look in the mirror because you have no one to blame but yourself.
I for one believe that we can and will make a change, a change for the better when our wages and standard of living are continued to be attacked daily. After awhile people get sick and tired of these attacks and they begin to fight back. I truly believe that the time is now if you want a better future and you’re sick and tired of these attacks now is the time to fight back. There is still light at the end of tunnel and we will be around as a Union, but if your sick and tired of this crap help us fight back we can and will make a better tomorrow.
Lastly, I want to assure all that the Repeal of the Common Wage is a set back and will make things a lot harder to deal with. Local 4 IN/KY is up to the challenge!! We will never quit fighting for this membership, no one knows what tomorrow will bring but Local 4 IN/KY will be there to help lead the charge for a better tomorrow for its membership!