Union leaders promise no Super Bowl disruptions; 'Occupy' to rally Sunday

2012-02-03T12:15:00Z 2012-02-03T23:55:06Z Union leaders promise no Super Bowl disruptions; 'Occupy' to rally SundayBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
February 03, 2012 12:15 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Members of Indiana's labor unions are not planning to cause a scene at Sunday's Super Bowl in Indianapolis, but the "Occupy" movement will rally outside the Statehouse that day.

Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott said despite wild rumors to the contrary, the Indiana AFL-CIO "does not plan nor condone any attempts to disrupt the Super Bowl."

"While we understand the anger and frustration of working Hoosiers over the disgraceful passage of the so-called right-to-work bill, the appropriate outlet will be at the ballot box, not the Super Bowl," Guyott said in a statement.

Occupy Indiana and other "Occupy" groups hope to use their Sunday Statehouse rally to call attention to "a war against working people" being waged by "the corporations and banks who buy and sell America's politicians," said Greg Lambert, of Occupy Indiana.

"This isn't an attack on the Super Bowl or those who plan to attend," Lambert said. "This is a life-or-death struggle for the people of Indiana; we have to use this opportunity to tell our story while the country has its eyes on our state."

Guyott said union labor built Lucas Oil Stadium and Hoosier union members have made the Super Bowl possible by staffing the restaurants, cleaning the hotel rooms, building the stages, keeping the electricity on and protecting the hundreds of thousands of football fans attending Super Bowl events.  

"Unlike Gov. Daniels and the Republican leadership in the General Assembly, we aren't interested in doing anything to impede those workers' ability to put food on their family's table," Guyott said.

The Associated Press reported Friday that some union members holding protest signs squeezed into crowd shots during the broadcast of NBC's "Today" show from Indianapolis.

Sign-waving fans are a common sight outside the morning show's New York studio.

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