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Right To Work Law Headed To Indiana Supreme Court

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September 10, 2013 — A Lake County judge has determined Indiana’s right-to-work law violates a provision in the state constitution barring the delivery of services “without just compensation.”

The right to work law essentially frees workers from paying fees to unions they don’t join. The Republican-controlled legislature passed it in 2012 over the objections of Democrats and labor leaders – as well as thousands of union members who protested at the Statehouse – who said the law would lead to lower wages and unsafe workplaces. Supporters said it would make Indiana a more attractive place to do business.

Lake Superior Court Judge John Sedia found that the law wrongly requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues. Indiana became the 23rd state in the nation to ban the collection of mandatory fees for representation from unions. Since then, union lawyers have gone to the courts to try and overturn the law. Sedia issued an order last Thursday declaring the ban on collections and associated criminal penalties unconstitutional.

Operating Engineers’ Union Local 150  spokesman Ed Maher calls the ruling a victory for the middle class and dues-paying union members. Bryan Corbin with the Indiana Attorney General‘s Office says the state will immediately appeal Judge Sedia‘s ruling to the Indiana Supreme Court.

Photo: Thousands of union members protested outside – and even more were inside – the Statehouse in 2012 as the Senate passed a right-to-work bill. From



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