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Published on Feb 3, 2012
democracynow.org — Occupy protesters in Indianapolis are gearing up to use the media spotlight on Sunday's Super Bowl XLVI to rally for union rights outside the statehouse. Earlier this week, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a so-called "right to work" measure into law that critics say will result in lower wages and diminished collective bargaining rights. Indiana workers have received the backing of the National Football League Players Association, which has called "right to work" "a political ploy designed to destroy basic workers' rights." We're joined from Indiana by Tithi Bhattacharya, an associate professor of South Asian History at Purdue University and a protester who is taking part in Occupy the Super Bowl. "Why the Super Bowl? You know Lucas Oil Stadium was built with 100 percent union labor. I mean, every single structure that is up in the city of Indianapolis today that has been built to beautify the city has been built with union labor," " Bhattacharya says. "So I think it is absolutely shameful that the legislature passed a law that condemns unions and is now using the city to kind of showcase Indianapolis while ordinary people in Indiana are completely opposed to this law. And the protest on Sunday is, also stands in solidarity with the NFL Players Union, which has come out so strongly against the legislation."
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