Right-to-work Plaintiff Says Court Ruling Works
September 10, 2013 — A defendant in a lawsuit that won a Lake County court ruling that Indiana’s right-to-work law is unconstitutional says he’s confident about the rationale that supported the ruling.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office plans to challenge that rationale in an appeal of a Lake County judge’s ruling that a part of Indiana’s right-to-work legislation violates the state constitution.
Specifically, Judge John Sedia said it was unconstitutional for the State to demand that unions represent non-paying members without just compensation. Local 150 went to court to overturn the right-to-work legislation passed last year, filing a lawsuit based on five counts. Judge Sedia dismissed four of the five.
Click to see Jodi Juhl’s interview about the ruling with Local 150 Financial Secretary David Fagan. Fagan began working for the union as an engineer and eventually became an organizer until his election to secretary in 2005, and he is one of the plaintiffs in Sweeney v. Zoeller.