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GUEST COMMENTARY: Unions look to legal loopholes this Labor Day

GUEST COMMENTARY: Unions look to legal loopholes this Labor Day

Organized labor kicked off its Labor Day festivities early this year, with a nationwide series of strikes at fast food outlets and retail stores on Thursday, including one in Chicago. But while these pickets and protests are being funded by labor unions and led by union organizers, the organ…

September 02, 2013 7:25 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: It’s Labor Day, not Union Day

GUEST COMMENTARY: It’s Labor Day, not Union Day

Labor Day is about celebrating workers, not union bosses. But as union bosses rush for face time to show they “stand with workers,” what is often forgotten on Labor Day is why 93 percent of private-sector workers have chosen not to stand with a union – bringing union membership to a historical low.

September 02, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Unions' relevance is up to unions

GUEST COMMENTARY: Unions' relevance is up to unions

Organizational survival requires changing with the times. Unions in America have reached that stage – forced to transform to try to halt a steadily declining membership base and to more effectively serve their customers. It’s up to them to make their membership attractive and valuable to its…

September 01, 2013 12:00 am
Strike tactics cross line, roofing company owner says

Strike tactics cross line, roofing company owner says

It has been more than a week since members of a Merrillville-based union went on strike following an impasse in contract negotiations with local contractors.

June 10, 2012 9:30 pm Photos

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Labor, civil rights activist with local ties dead at 76

Labor, civil rights activist with local ties dead at 76

Leon Lynch, a longtime union labor activist who started his career as a steelworker in East Chicago and was the first African-American to hold a senior-level position in a U.S. labor union, died Friday. He was 76 and died in Memphis, Tenn.

May 08, 2012 3:00 pm

Portage council pledges to continue union support

PORTAGE | There are three things that equalize people in this nation — our form of government, "Sam Colt's pistol" and labor unions, Councilman Ted Uzelac said.

February 08, 2012 6:00 pm
ANDREA NEAL: No place for cowards in right-to-work debate

ANDREA NEAL: No place for cowards in right-to-work debate

The Indiana General Assembly's 2012 session will be fraught with risk for Democrats and Republicans alike. At some point, lawmakers will have to vote on right-to-work legislation, and those votes will carry political consequences.

November 16, 2011 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: 'Right-to-work' not right for Indiana

MARK KIESLING: 'Right-to-work' not right for Indiana

Indiana does not need to become the nation's 23rd "right-to-work" state.

October 10, 2011 12:00 am
Retirements, elections spark union leadership

Retirements, elections spark union leadership

Current and outgoing Northwest Indiana labor union officials say recent leadership changes signal a call for younger generations of workers to be involved in advocacy efforts.

July 10, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Unions working to capture attention, support of working families

Unions working to capture attention, support of working families

City of Gary employee Antoine Brown worries about the American Dream becoming unattainable for many families.

March 05, 2011 11:30 pm Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Public-sector unions' power is increasing

The impact of labor unions often is seen as uniform over history. But today, labor cartels are less useful because labor markets are more competitive. And it is increasingly difficult for unions to achieve their goals because product markets have become far more competitive.

November 17, 2010 12:00 am
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