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Countdown to Super Bowl XLVI: Workers protest right-to-work bill near Super Bowl site - Ingles

Their skills helped build the stadium hosting Super Bowl XLVI, a point union workers wanted visitors and NFL players to know Wednesday morning.

Soon after the Republican-controlled Indiana Senate approved a right-to-work bill by a 28-22 vote that was signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels on Wednesday, union supporters took their protest a few blocks south of the Statehouse to the Super Bowl Village near Lucas Oil Stadium. It was unclear whether another march would be held for Sunday's game between the Giants and Patriots.

"I put a lot of work into that stadium," said Curtis Mundy, 47, of Indianapolis, who helped install audiovisual equipment. "And these men and women you see here built this stadium that allowed this city to host this event."

That the vote and mostly orderly protest happened during Super Bowl week was coincidental. But many supporters -- some wearing Colts jackets -- couldn't ignore the coincidence that the NFL season was threatened by a work stoppage.

"I think players have an appreciation for what we're going through," said correctional officer Ronnie Cox of Indianapolis. "We want them to see that what's happening to us can happen to them. If you have the right owners that are anti-worker even in that field, they could take away their collective bargaining rights and shove right-to-work down their throats."

This article was written by Gary Graves and appeared in USA Today.

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