INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The union members that have filled the Statehouse halls in recent weeks hope to stage an outdoor rally Thursday with thousands of protesters.
ALF-CIO headquarters were humming with activity Wednesday in anticipation of the rally on Orr Plaza in Indianapolis.
"We're expecting well over 25,000 Hoosiers to come out," said Jeff Harris with the AFL-CIO. "One of the largest protests we've ever had in Indiana."
It will be the culmination of a more than two week stalemate that began when Indiana House Democrats walked out and took up residence in an Urbana, Ill. hotel.
"Please stay there," Harris says to the Democrats. "They are there doing their job for us."
From union members to environmentalist groups, Thursday's rally will be an eclectic group voicing concerns over a litany of proposed legislation.
Democrats hope it sends a message.
"And I think it's going to be educational for all of us," says Rep. Patrick Bauer, "us and for the constituents."
Republicans are already downplaying it.
"We received a memoranda about what's going on from the organized labor community as well," said Speaker Brian Bosma, "assigning in-state captains to out-of-state people. It will (be) interesting to see how it pans out."
The same goes for the walkout. Representative Bauer says just one or two House Democrats will speak at Thursday's rally.
Indiana State Police are urging people to share rides as parking will be at a premium. The rally is happening the same day the Big Ten tournament kicks off in Indianapolis.
The rally is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.
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