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December 11, 2011

Fight against a ‘right’

Unions plan protests for Day 1 at Statehouse

(Continued)

An Indiana right-to-work law has also received public support from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Labor groups, including union umbrella organization AFL-CIO, have responded to the support to right-to-work

The AFL-CIO released a report last week that said 47 percent of Indiana residents oppose right-to-work while 38 percent favor it. According to the organization’s poll, 67 percent of state residents disagree with Statehouse Republican’s decision to make right-to-work their top priority.

“With so many hardworking families struggling, this poll clearly shows that Hoosiers’ patience for these divisive and partisan attacks has run out,” Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott said in a press statement. “The numbers — among Democrats, Republicans and Independents — all show that Hoosiers are ready to move away from ‘right to work’ and onto more important issues like fixing the economy.”

Matt Collins, president of UAW Local 292 in Kokomo, said the union’s members will travel to Indianapolis more so intending to reach out the area’s legislators than to protest.

“I’m not trying to push views on everybody,” Collins said. “I just want people educated.”

• Daniel Human is the Kokomo Tribune business reporter. He can be reached at 765-454-8570

or at daniel.human@

kokomotribune.com.

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