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Updated On: Feb 25, 2016



This message is very important and I hope you read and understood that this is not an attack on the Republicans. I know some good people that are Republicans. These are just the facts about the attack on organized labor which affects you and your family, just like it affects me and my family. So if you’re a Republican and you take offence to this article all I can say is look at the facts, see what this party is doing to you and wake up. I’m talking about the Republicans in the State of Indiana.

February 17th, I witnessed the best dog and pony show I have seen in the last few years. The only one that even compared to what I witnessed on this day was when the Republicans did the same show in the Indiana House of Representatives and then passed Right to Work.

This dog and pony show was the Repeal of the Common Construction Wage in the state of Indiana. This committee sat there for over 3 hours hearing testimony after testimony knowing how the vote would go at the end. Some testimonies were on how it would save tax payers money and others stating why repeal would not help this state, and in fact would hurt this state’s revenue. Worst of all it would hurt the workers on these job sites by lowering wages and allowing the low paying out of state workers and contractors to come into Indiana and take YOUR job!

The Republican Party is very good at playing politics. Back when this party took control of the state of Indiana did you ever hear one campaign on passing Right to Work? “NO” you didn’t, but we are now a Right to Work State. Then, last election when they took super majority in both Indiana House and Senate did you hear anyone even mention one single word about doing away with the Common Construction Wage? (Which is a direct attack on Unions just like Right to Work is and was). “No” you didn’t. All you hear from them is what they know you want to hear: gun control, abortion, and lower taxes. Let me address these issues: Gun Control: If you don’t wake up they continue to cut your wages & benefits and make it easier for non-union to take your jobs and lower your wages. You will no longer have to worry about your guns because you will have to sell them. You won’t be able to afford the ammunition and do you really think that the government is going to knock on your door and take your gun? I too own guns and I’m not real concerned about this issue, but Republicans know it’s dear to our hearts so they make it a big issue. Abortion: Everyone has their own thoughts on this issue and someday the almighty will be the judge on this issue. Lower Taxes: This one is a joke! Everyone wants lower taxes, but we also all want better schools, better roads, safe communities and as we can see right now we don’t have this, so how are you going to get it by lowering taxes? What you don’t hear from the Republican leadership is their hidden agenda which is to destroy Unions, to make you lay Brick, Block, Tile, and Terrazzo for lower wages and lower if any benefits.

Blue Collar workers (UNION MEMBERS) had better wake up and get involved in the political process before it’s too late! That old saying “you don’t know what you have till it’s gone” is so true the only problem with that is once it’s gone it maybe next to impossible to ever get it back.

Again, I state that this article may seem like an attack on the Republican Party, but it’s not this is just the facts. The republicans have some very good ideas, but when SOME stand on the House Floor and state that they have nothing against Unions and they think Unions are good for this state, but then continue to produce bill after bill after bill to destroy Unions, cut Union members pay and benefits, cut your unemployment benefits the list goes on and on. There is just one word comes to mind for these members of the House of Representatives that stand on the floor and make these comments and that word is “Liar”.

Common Wage is good for Indiana and has been and will continue to be. It keeps everyone on a level playing field. It keeps those willing to work for nothing at bay somewhat and it keeps those from out of state from coming in to our state and taking your jobs, lowering your standard of living and making it impossible to live the American dream.

Local 4 is doing all it can to stop the repeal of the Common Construction Wage Law. Local 4 would like to THANK all the members that get it and have done their part in stopping this attack. Now Local 4 is asking all members to step up and call your House of Representative and tell them to vote “NO” on the repeal of the Common Construction Wage.

And last but by no means least, to our contractors THANK YOU for stepping up becoming involved and helping on this issue. So the members know Local 4 signatory contractors have been helping fight this fight for months. We need them to continue to also call their Representatives and tell them to vote “NO” on the repeal of the Common Wage Law. Local 4’s Statewide Contractors have contacted representatives, attended meetings, mailed out information on the negative impact if repealed. They have to put it quite simple hit a home run so next time you see one of our contractors thank them for helping in the Common Wage fight. I, as President would definitely like to say thank you for those contactors and contractor representatives that have helped in this battle. This is one of many battles lately that we have stood side by side and fought for the same common good. I want you to know I’m proud and honored to be the President of Local 4, but never prouder than when we all come together, forget about our differences and work as one for the betterment of the Masonry Industry.

Your thinking how do I help? I like my standard of living, I like having Health & Welfare, I want to have a Pension so I can retire. The attacks on Unions and Blue Collar workers must stop, but how do I help on these issues? Call your Field Representatives, call you Indiana House Representative and Indiana Senator and get involved. 2016 is right around the corner go to the polls and vote for those that support our issues.

Wake up and get involved before it’s too late. It’s easy to blame others while some are setting doing nothing. All I can say is if your one that just wants to bitch about things, but never helps bitch to yourself cause some of us our working our ass off for the betterment of all.

President Champ

Ted Champ

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