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U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly pushed back Wednesday against criticism that his family’s company outsourced jobs to Mexico.

At a campaign event Donnelly held with Rexnord and Carrier union workers on outsourcing, Donnelly says his involvement in his brother’s company ended more than 20 years ago.

And he says when it comes to his 2018 re-election campaign, voters should look at what he’s done in Washington D.C.

“Look, I’ve voted against every single bad trade deal that ever came along. I’ve been fighting this battle for years and years and years,” Donnelly says.

President Donald Trump disbanded two of his economic advisory councils, after many members resigned in protest of his response to racist violence.

Trump tweeted Wednesday he was “ending” his Manufacturing Council and Strategic & Policy Forum, all made up of CEOs and other industry and workforce leaders.

Among those who resigned from the manufacturing group before that tweet were national AFL-CIO union president Richard Trumka and his chief of staff.

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Union leaders are shifting their focus to the election in the continuing fallout from Carrier's decision to move 1,400 jobs from Indiana to Mexico.

They hope their message -- that bad trade deals led to the job cuts -- will send workers to the polls in November.

In the nearly six months since Carrier's announcement, unions and politicians alike have used the layoffs to argue that free trade can hurt American jobs.

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As many as a thousand union members and supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse Friday in support of laid-off Carrier factory workers.

Sanders' last-minute appearance at the protest came days before Tuesday's primary election, where the Carrier story has taken center stage.

The diverse crowd on the statehouse lawn wielded signs reading "Keep it made in America" and "Save our jobs, stop corporate greed," and chanted union slogans like "stand up, fight back."

Experiencing poverty in Greater Lafayette

Mar 13, 2013

Lafayette area residents can experience what it’s like to live in poverty. A simulation is set for tonight, sponsored by the Northwest Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and United Way of Greater Lafayette.

Those participating in the event must provide for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.” As part of that, there is interaction with human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers, and others.

Democrats Want RTW to be Placed on Nov. Ballot

Jan 13, 2012

Hoosier voters would decide if Indiana becomes the 23rd Right-To-Work state under a plan from House Democrats.

The party wants to place the issue on the November ballot as a referendum.

Leaders say, that way, residents can decide the future of Indiana’s labor laws.

However, Republican leadership says doing so is not common practice and insists the bill will go through the appropriate democratic process on the floor beginning next week.

The measure would prohibit unions and companies from charging dues to non-members.

Radio and television commercials will begin airing across the state encouraging Hoosiers to contact their state legislators to urge them to oppose the “Right to Work for Less” law being proposed in the Indiana General Assembly.

A series of 30 second television and 60 second radio spots will run in areas where recent polling conducted by the Indiana State AFL-CIO and its partners has shown constituents oppose the measure. 

Titled “Wrong Priorities,” the ads were paid for by a coalition of Indiana State AFL-CIO affiliates and non-affiliated unions.

Right-To-Work legislation is expected to be proposed during Indiana’s upcoming General Assembly session.

However, union groups and others are pushing back against it.

Becky Smith with the state AFLCIO attended a forum on the subject Sunday in Lafayette.

She says preventing Right-To-Work is about more than just wages and salaries, it’s a civil rights issue.

Electrical Union Member Brent Green says the proposed legislation will be detrimental to most Hoosiers.