Several Indiana city councils declare support for pro-union legislation in Congress

A pro-union sign during a strike in northern Indiana.  - Justin Hicks / IPB News

A pro-union sign during a strike in northern Indiana.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

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Several local governments in Indiana have passed resolutions formally expressing their support for the Right to Organize Protection Act. This is a pro-union congressional bill that has been passed by the House mostly along party lines and awaits Senate action.

City councils, including Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Evansville, have all passed resolutions supporting the PRO Act. Federal legislation would fight so-called “right to work” laws like those in Indiana. It would also increase penalties for labor law violations and remove restrictions on which unions can and cannot boycott.

Brett Voorhies, president of Indiana AFL-CIO, said he hopes this sends a message to U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) And Todd Young (R-Ind.). But, he said, it might be difficult to engage Senators Hoosier.

“We are putting pressure on them,” he said. “We’re going to make a big deal out of it. They don’t care about workers, they don’t like unions, point blank.”

READ MORE: Indiana union membership at low in two decades, leaders say pandemic could change that

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Pro-business organizations are against the law, saying it would disrupt the economy and undermine workers’ rights not to join unions.

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