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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Organized Labor Protests As Football Fans Flock To Indianapolis

Rob Parsons, a steelworker from Merrillville, Ind., screams during a union workers protest on the steps of the Statehouse after the Senate voted to pass the right-to-work bill in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. The governor is expected to sign the bill later in the day.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Rob Parsons, a steelworker from Merrillville, Ind., screams during a union workers protest on the steps of the Statehouse after the Senate voted to pass the right-to-work bill in Indianapolis. (AP)

All eyes are on Indianapolis this week. The city is hosting the Super Bowl and thousands of fans and journalists are pouring into the city. But there’s another big story in town: Indiana has a new right to work law and yesterday union workers and their supporters were out protesting the new law.

Union workers want visitors to know that their skills helped build the city’s football stadium and without the stadium the city wouldn’t be hosting the event. But labor worries that more protests might anger visitors.

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