Monday, March 28, 2011
IN Dems returning today as heroes
|Teamsters rally for workers’ rights in Indiana on March 10.|
The Democrats, you’ll recall, left to prevent a quorum so the Republican-dominated Legislature couldn’t pass a host of anti-worker legislation.
According to Talking Points Memo, the deal looks like this (at least in part):
• Labor: Republicans have agreed to scrap the controversial right-to-work law that led the Democrats to shut things down back on Feb. 22.
Republicans have also pledged not to pass a law making the state’s existing ban on collective bargaining for state workers, created by (Gov. Mitch) Daniels executive order, permanent.
• Education: Daniels’ signature policy agenda for this legislative session was a proposal to create a state-funded private school voucher system for low- and middle-income families.We understand the deal isn’t perfect, but according to the head of the Democratic caucus, Rep. Patrick Bauer,
That plan will be curtailed considerably in the deal with House Republicans.
We’ve protected working people from a march to the minimum wage. We’ve protected collective bargaining rights for Hoosier workers and teachers.The Indiana AFL-CIO tells us:
We’ve softened the blow to public schools and prevented a bill for private takeover of public schools. This timeout gave millions of Hoosiers a real voice in their state government.
Today, these representatives are returning to Indianapolis to bring the fight to the General Assembly. Hundreds of working men and women will be gathering outside the Indiana Statehouse to thank these elected officials for their courageous stand for Indiana’s working families.