Super Bill Protests at Super Bowl?

By Rachel Martin

January 18, 2012 Updated Jan 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Union workers threaten to protest Right To Work legislation at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis during Super Bowl.

There are many in this area watching the Right To Work issue with a close eye, especially considering the number of union related manufacturing jobs in Northeast Indiana.
The thought of a protest at the Super Bowl when all eyes are on Indy has definitely provoked a response from Legislators, Super Bowl Planning Reps., and local community members.

The Right To Work debate started last year, fizzled out, but came back even louder this year, and it's dominated the headlines since the Legislative Session began. The story has garnered some national attention, but the Super Bowl would be the mecca when it comes to eyes watching.

Last year about 111 million viewers watched the Super Bowl, and every year that number goes up. According to the Super Bowl Planning Committee, 150 thousand people are expected in downtown Indianapolis that weekend.

Indiana’s NewsCenter hit the streets Wednesday afternoon, to ask the community how they felt about a Super Bowl protest.

Rigoverto Vazquez of Fort Wayne said, “Regardless of what they put out there legislative-wise, it's going to get pushed regardless of what people do. Demonstrations or anything like that, it's not really going to do anything.”

Rudolph Dixie of Fort Wayne said, “I think to get the point across faster that way. If not, the process will probably take a lot longer.”

Mark Reeb, also of Fort Wayne said he comes from a long line of cole miners and currently works at a factory. He said, “Unions are great when companies are making big money, when the economy's really strong, but the problem is they're not. I don't think it's going to help anything.”

Indiana’s NewsCenter is sending a crew down to Indianapolis Thursday to talk with State Legislators and Super Bowl Planning reps to find out their plan of action. Watch INC Now at 5:00 and 6:00 for a full report.

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