On Monday, over 3,500 Hoosier laborers and teachers crowded the Statehouse to fight against Republican-proposed attacks on the rights of workers. Despite rainy conditions, union members lined the Statehouse sidewalks, waiting to enter the building and ask legislators to vote down numerous bills that would restrict their ability to organize and limit collective bargaining with employers on a variety of topics including safety conditions.
At a Statehouse press conference, Senate Democrat Leader Vi Simpson spoke out against several of the proposed bills moving through both chambers that she says are an assault on working families.
LISTEN: Sen. Simpson
Sen. Tim Skinner, a high school teacher in Terre Haute, protested against the attacks on teachers’ rights and the unfair promotion of charter schools.
LISTEN: Sen. Skinner
“Anybody in education knows that full day kindergarten is a plus for kids…”
“Governor Daniels is expanding charter schools. He has been consistently cutting funding for public education…”
Also in attendance to back the rights of Indiana’s hardworking wage earners were Senate Democrats Jean Breaux of Indianapolis, Greg Taylor of Indianapolis, Karen Tallian of Portage, Tim Lanane of Anderson, Frank Mrvan of Hammond and Jim Arnold of LaPorte.