Indiana Republicans taking wide swipe at unions

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Indianapolis - The political showdown in the Indiana Statehouse got its start with a contentious "right-to-work" bill, but it is being kept alive by a wide array of labor-related proposals that Democrats hadn't been able to stop.

Newly empowered House Republicans have aimed to also strictly limit collective bargaining for teachers, permanently ban union contracts for state workers and exempt many government construction projects from the state's prevailing wage law.

House Democrats argue those initiatives justify continuing the boycott that started when they left for Illinois nearly three weeks ago.

Republican leaders maintain their aim is to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels to improve Indiana's economy and education system - not to weaken unions in the workplace and politically.

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