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Controversial common construction wage bill signed by Pence into law

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Wednesday that eliminates the state’s common wage system – a move supporters say will make public projects cheaper and critics complain will depress pay for construction workers. The change means market forces will determine the pay for workers on projects worth […]

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Common Construction repeal passes Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill that will eliminate the 80-year-old common construction wage in Indiana passed the Senate by a narrow margin Wednesday. HB 1019 eliminates a system that let local governments and schools set wage floors that contractors must meet on public projects. Often those wages are set at union […]

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Union workers fill Statehouse lawn to protest proposed common construction repeal

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than a thousand Hoosier workers and contractors showed up to the Statehouse lawn on Monday waving signs urging lawmakers to not to repeal the state’s common construction wage law. House Bill 1019 would eliminate a system that lets local boards set wages for contractors who work on projects […]

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Senate committee passes common construction repeal

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee revamped and then passed a common construction wage bill Tuesday that critics say will drive down worker pay and supporters argue will create more competition within the industry. If House Bill 1019, authored by Rep. Gerald Torr, R-Carmel, becomes law, it would eliminate a system that […]

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Pence campaign spends $s in common construction fight; governor considers radio or TV ads

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is weighing whether to buy radio or television ads in a fight that labor leaders say is another GOP effort to weaken unions. Already, Pence is using campaign money to pay for a website that supports eliminating the common construction wage, which lets local governments and […]

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Hershman declines to comment on common construction wage legislation

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The chairman of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee declined to comment Monday whether or not a bill to repeal the common construction wage will get a hearing. Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, said through a spokesperson that he preferred not to comment on the subject. This comes three […]

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House passes bill to scrap common construction wage for public projects

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The GOP-majority House voted Monday to undo an 80-year-old law that lets local governments and schools set wage floors that contractors must meet on public projects. House Bill 1019 – approved 55-41 – now moves to the Senate, where Republicans also control the chamber. The bill’s author, Rep. Jerry […]

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Video & story: House committee moves bill to eliminate common construction wage

Union PKG from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee voted Tuesday to eliminate the boards that set minimum wage requirements for public construction projects, a move that has rekindled a fight between Republican lawmakers and labor unions. Supporters say the legislation will save taxpayer money but workers say it […]

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Right-to-work law is constitutional says Indiana Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a controversial right-to-work law as constitutional after determining no union is required to represent a specific group of workers. The unanimous decision ends two court challenges to the law and overturns decisions by two Lake County judges who had declared it unconstitutional. Those […]

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2nd judge declares right-to-work law unconstitutional; state to seek stay

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Lake County judge has struck down Indiana’s 2012 right-to-work law that made it illegal for companies to compel non-union members to pay fees for union services. But Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Wednesday that he will ask for a stay to prevent the decision from taking effect […]

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