Labor

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Central Indiana labor leaders and elected officials say they’re working on a number of issues, including the state’s gender pay gap and support for the federal HEROES Act. They discussed the issues Thursday night as part of a Labor Day Town Hall.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The head of Indiana’s Department of Labor is stepping down as the agency disputes a federal investigation’s findings that the agency prematurely dismissed citations and fines against Amazon in the death of a warehouse employee. Gov. Eric Holcomb said Friday’s resignation announcement by Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble was not related to the investigation. Ruble has led the department since he was appointed in 2013 by then-Gov. Mike Pence and will leave July 24.

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The number of union members continues to shrink in Indiana, according to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s despite the number of union-represented jobs rising. 

According to the BLS, in 2019 there were 20,000 fewer union members in the state than the year before. However, even though fewer are paying membership dues, more Hoosier jobs were represented by unions than in 2018. 

All IN: Safety Culture At Amazon

Dec 5, 2019
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Two years ago, a worker at an Amazon facility in Plainfield, Indiana died after a 1,200 pound forklift crushed him.

After a state safety inspector found it might have happened due to a lack of training, he says Governor Eric Holcomb and other state officials worked to shift blame away from Amazon, hoping to avoid bad press while the state competed to host the company's new headquarters. Holcomb says it didn't happen.

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An employee benefits firm brought together companies and lawmakers Wednesday in Indianapolis to address the effects of opioid addiction on workplaces across the state. 

UAW convention closes today in Michigan

Mar 13, 2019
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  The United Auto Workers close a special convention in Detroit today  designed to set the union’s agenda for upcoming contract talks.

   Experts say the outcome of the bargaining sessions set to begin later this year could have a direct impact on the U.S. economy.

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     (DETROIT) - UAW officials want guarantees of job security during an unsettled period for the still highly-profitable auto industry.

   Both General Motors and Ford are trying to save money as car sales dwindle, with GM having already announced it will cease production at four assembly plants. Two of them in Metro Detroit.

   But the union may still want a bigger piece of the profit pie, especially when it comes to Fiat Chrysler, which is investing in facilities and finalizing plans to build a new assembly plant in Detroit.

Pence says the IEDC has spent months traveling around the country, talking to leaders in areas that adopted a regional economic development approach.