Small Super Bowl protest for anti-union law

INDIANAPOLIS Sun Feb 5, 2012 6:13pm EST

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INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - A small group of about 50 activists marched to Lucas Oil Stadium where the Super Bowl will be played later on Sunday to peacefully protest Indiana's new anti-union "right-to-work" law.

Indiana on Wednesday became the 23rd state in the nation and the first in the U.S. industrial heartland to adopt a law allowing workers to avoid paying union dues at unionized businesses.

Supporters led by Indiana's Republican Governor Mitch Daniels have said it was necessary to attract jobs to the state. Critics including Democrats and unions called it "union busting" and have said it would lead to lower wages.

The small group of protesters walked peacefully the five blocks from downtown Indianapolis to the stadium, although the demonstrators were heckled along the route by some of the people they passed.

"I think they need to get jobs," said Jeff Eichler, who was visiting Indianapolis from Baltimore, Maryland.

By mid-afternoon, the protest had reached the stadium, where security is tight ahead of Sunday's National Football League championship game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. They dispersed into the growing crowds of football fans without incident.

The AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor federation, released a statement last week saying it did not "plan nor condone any attempts to disrupt the Super Bowl."

(Reporting by James Kelleher)

(Corrects name in fifth paragraph to Jeff from Jess)

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Comments (6)
DarrenP wrote:
“Right to work” is NOT “anti-union”! Reuters is commie propaganda.

Feb 05, 2012 3:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rightmind2020 wrote:
This is a perfect example of how the mainstream media shows it bias. The headline SHOULD have read “Small Super Bowl protest staged over Indiana Right to Work law” This is why discerning individuals are distrustful of the media…start showing some integrity, Reuters.

Feb 05, 2012 4:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
joebuck18 wrote:
Right to work is an anti-union law. It makes unions less effective by encouraging free-riding and decreases union membership density. It is also antagonistic towards workplace democracy. These are simply facts.

Feb 05, 2012 8:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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