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The Pigskin Labor Lobby

Though not exactly victims of the middle-class squeeze, the

NFL Players' Association still depends on its collective bargaining strength to

grapple with the whims of team owners. Maybe players aren't known for their

astute assessments of political policy, but they made their position on GOP right-to-work

efforts crystal clear: "'Right-to-work' is a political ploy designed to

destroy basic workers' rights. It's not about jobs or rights, and it's the

wrong priority for Indiana."

The players' complete statement, sent to NUVO Jan. 6,

follows:

NFLPA STATEMENT ON SO-CALLED 'RIGHT-TO-WORK' LEGISLATION IN

INDIANA

WASHINGTON—As NFL players, we know our success on the

field comes from working together as a team. We're not just a team of football

players—we're also the fans at games and at home, the employees who work

the concession stands and the kids who wear the jerseys of our favorite

football heroes. NFL players know what it means to fight for workers' rights,

better pensions and health and safety in the workplace.

To win, we have to work together and look out for one

another. Today, even as the city of Indianapolis is exemplifying that teamwork

in preparing to host the Super Bowl, politicians are looking to destroy it

trying to ram through so-called "right-to-work" legislation.

"Right-to-work" is a political ploy designed to destroy

basic workers' rights. It's not about jobs or rights, and it's the wrong

priority for Indiana.

The facts are clear—according to a January 2012

Economic Policy Institute briefing report ("Working Hard to Make Indiana Look

Bad"), "right-to-work" will lower wages for a worker in Indiana by $1,500 a

year because it weakens the ability of working families to work together, and

it will make it less likely that working people will get health care and

pensions.

So-called "right-to-work" bills divide working families at a

time when communities need to stand united. We need unity—not division.

We urge legislators in Indiana to oppose "right-to-work" efforts, and focus

instead on job creation.

As Indianapolis proudly prepares to host the Super Bowl it

should be a time to shine in the national spotlight and highlight the

hard-working families that make Indiana run instead of launching political

attacks on their basic rights. It is important to keep in mind the plight of

the average Indiana worker and not let them get lost in the ceremony and

spectacle of such a special event. This Super Bowl should be about celebrating

the best of what Indianapolis has to offer, not about legislation that hurts

the people of Indiana.

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