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Super Bowl protests & Occupy allies: Big Labor debates whether to shoot itself in the foot


It's no secret that the unions don't like the right-to-work bill being debated in the Indiana Legislature.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal today (subscription required):

At issue is a bill that would ban contracts that require all employees to pay union dues, making Indiana the 23rd right-to-work state in the U.S. Republicans say the bill will help attract employers to the state. Democrats say it will hurt unions and suppress wages. After a fight that started last year, Republicans in the Indiana House last week  overcame Democratic efforts to block the bill. Indiana's Senate is moving quickly to pass it, too, aiming to send it to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels to sign as soon as Wednesday.

So, how are some in Big Labor thinking they should get their message out about it? Protest at the Super Bowl.

More from the WSJ:

Many union sympathizers see Sunday's Super Bowl here as a golden opportunity to draw attention to a bill in the Indiana Legislature critics say would deal a serious blow to organized labor.

But labor activists aren't sure whether protesting around America's biggest sporting event—its world-wide TV audience is expected to top 100 million—would generate sympathy or fuel anger that could damage their cause.

"Union workers built that stadium, they should have the right to demonstrate in front of it," said Perry Stabler, a retired steelworker as he demonstrated inside the Indiana statehouse.

Please, please, please do this! Please!

Unfortunately, many labor peeps are sounding sensible:

[U]nion boilermaker Pete Etoler drew a line between protesting politicians and disrupting the highest-profile event in the Hoosier State's history. "I think it will hurt our cause," he said. "We're trying to build up Indiana and bring businesses here. That won't help." [...]

Union leaders in the state say they are wary of disrupting the [NFL] players' big day. "These guys have worked all their lives and this is their only shot," said Pete Rimsans, executive director of the Indiana State Building and Construction Trades Council. "We don't want to do anything that could ruin that."

Thankfully, Big Labor has a history of alienating average Americans with their hatred, thuggery and chaos, and many in Indiana are not heeding the message of temperance from their fellow union members. Oh, and they've got some great allies:

Already, dozens of protesters have demonstrated at the Super Bowl Village, passing out literature on the right-to-work bill, according to the police. They are a hodgepodge of union members and people from the Occupy movements based in various Indiana communities. [...]

[S]ome union members weren't waiting around for the higher ups to tell them what to do. Tim Janko, a steelworker from northwest Indiana said he'd be in front of the stadium on game day. "I'm going to picket the Super Bowl because this is wrong," he said. "I'm going to have a Teamster drive me into town."

Indianapolis police say they ramped up preparations for disruptions after the Occupy movement took hold in the U.S. last fall and union members began flooding the statehouse to protest the right-to-work bill.

C'mon, union thugs and Occupy leeches. Alienate yourselves further. This is your time! You can do this.

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