Federal Appeals Judges Uphold Right-To-Work Law
September 2, 2014 — Network Indiana — A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled on Tuesday that Indiana’s Right to Work law does not violate federal labor law or any constitutional rights.
The three-judge panel handed down a divided ruling that means Indiana’s Right to Work law – which prohibits companies from forcing employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment – remains in effect.
Members of the Merrillville-based International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 appealed lower court rulings upholding the law, arguing that it violates their constitutional rights and is “preempted by federal labor legislation.”
The Indiana General Assembly passed the law in 2012, despite vigorous protests by unions, and a walkout by democratic lawmakers. Two Lake County judges have ruled the state’s Right to Work law unconstitutional, but the Indiana Supreme Court has stayed both decisions . The Supreme Court will hear arguments in one of those cases on Thursday.