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Indiana Judge Rules Right-to-Work Law Unconstitutional


A Lake County Superior Court judge has ruled Indiana's right-to-work law unconstitutional.


Judge John Sedia ruled Monday that the right-to-work law violates a part of Indiana's constitution which bars the demand for services "without just compensation."  Ed Maher with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, which filed the lawsuit, says the right-to-work law makes it a criminal offense to collect fees for the services they provide.

However, Maher says federal law requires unions to provide those services.  "This law is nothing more than a law that forces unions to provide service but criminalizes collecting any sort of compensation for doing so and that's illegal under the Indiana state constitution."

Bryan Corbin with the Indiana Attorney General's Office says, "The State will take an immediate appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court of this declaratory judgment which we contend is incorrect, in light of the fact the same court granted the State’s motion to dismiss on four other counts.  The Indiana Attorney General’s Office will aggressively defend the authority of the people’s elected representatives in the Legislature as we successfully defended this same statute from the same plaintiff who challenged it in federal court.”

Corbin says Indiana's right-to-work law will remain in effect while the case is being appealed.

Maher says the union is very happy with the judge's ruling, saying right-to-work laws are thinly-veiled attempts to weaken unions. 

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» Right-to-Work Debate Finally Begins (1-23-12)
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