Bil Browning

Indiana LGBT People Stand With Labor Protestors

Filed By Bil Browning | February 25, 2011 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Indiana Equality, Indiana statehouse, labor movement, Rick Sutton, union protests

Frequent commenter (and all around nice guy) Rick Sutton is the head of the Indiana Equality Action. Yesterday, he stood at the podium in the Indiana statehouse to address the gathered throng of union members protesting the Republican attempt to remove public employees collective bargaining rights.

As a community, we have to support our allies in the unions. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzing inside to be able to praise Indiana Equality for doing the right thing. For so long, they've floundered about looking for a purpose and a plan. With Rick in charge, perhaps they've found one finally. (Hat tip to Wilson for the link to the video)

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JeremiahHodgkin | February 25, 2011 9:50 AM

I am a massive supporter of GOProud and the Libertarian party... I will be counter protesting the event on saturday! If you want to protest the Unions and push for actual freedoms and equality then Find me on Facebook.

Ok I know I shouldn't take the bait- how are unions blocking "actual freedoms and equality."

The thing about these statewide union-busting measures are they all violate the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Which states in Article 23, that "Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests."

Not that we ever really comply to UN resolutions but hell we did sign it.

It would be nice to see some international groups and other countries get involved.

I don't understand the Libertarian position -- yes, business owners have rights, and there is no one attempting to prevent them from collectively forming business associations, or even lobbying groups ... but workers, both individually and collectively, do, too. -- I see no difference.

It is easier to defend the "Right To Work" bills ... just as I shd have the right to join a union, I shd also have the right not to join a union ... and to do so without putting my job or my personal safety in jeopardy.

LGBT workers can be fired in most states at will just because they're gay or lesbian. The only protection they may have is a union contract.

GOProud never met a war they didn't like and are really eager to fund any possible overseas war. Libertarians not so much.

I'm glad some LGBT groups are recognizing they can take stands on issues other than marriage.

great job Rick! It is really nice to see so many statewide LGBT groups speaking out about all the union-busting going on. Thanks Rick for your leadership.

Bil- Rick is President of Indiana Equality Action, not the Indiana Equality PAC.

Thanks Don. I fixed it in the post. :) The Action Fund is the c4, correct?

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | February 25, 2011 1:33 PM

Almost, Bil. Take out the "Fund" and you'll be there.

Dammit! Ok. Going now to fix. This is why having three different names for three different tax statuses gets so confusing for donors too! LOL

Tony Soprano | February 25, 2011 8:11 PM

> "I don't understand the Libertarian position".

Well, here it is .. abridged]

"4. Unions and Collective Bargaining
... People are free to establish, associate in, or not associate in, labor unions ... Workers and employers have the right to organize secondary boycotts ... Government should not interfere in bargaining, by compulsory arbitration or the imposition of an obligation to bargain ... Government back-to-work orders are the imposition of a form of forced labor."

Any questions?

There will be demonstrations all over the country tomorrow (Saturday). Heres how to fihnd them:

If there are no demos in your area you can SEND FOOD AND WATER DIRECTLY TO THE PROTESTERS

These two close-by shops will supply food and water to those in the Capitol or on the picket line:

Ian's Pizza 608-442-3535 minimum order $20.00 These folks are now taking orders only for delivery to the resistance, they've stopped all delivery to the general public. They tell me they deliver to wherever the people are -- if they're inside the Capitol, they go in. If people are marching and picketing, they take the food to the picket line.

Subway on the Square 608-255-1636 NOTE: minimum order $100.00 They have set up a fund there for your orders, and they are giving free food from that fund to any union member or pro-union demonstrator who requests food.

Susanna Iris Astarte | February 26, 2011 3:55 PM

I've always been pro GLBT rights, pro human/civil rights and pro-union! Great article!