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Ind. Supreme Court Will Hear Right-To-Work Case

Posted On May 09, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Indiana Supreme Court room

Indiana Supreme Court room

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments later this year on a ruling declaring the state’s right-to-work law violates the state constitution.

The justices will hear 40 minutes of oral arguments from both sides of the issue on September 4.

The law approved by the legislature and then-Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012 prevents companies from requiring that employees pay union dues or fees, regardless of whether they are a member of a union.

Last September a judge in Lake County ruled that the law wrongly requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues. Lake Superior Court Judge John Sedia ruled that the law violates a provision in the Indiana constitution barring the delivery of services “without just compensation” – as had been argued by the union filing the lawsuit, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller soon after that ruling filed an appeal.

The battle to pass right to work in Indiana led to showdowns in the Indiana Statehouse. In 2011, House Democrats fled the state to successfully prevent a vote on the legislation that year. The proposal returned to the legislature in 2012, however, and a brief walkout by Democrats failed to prevent it from passing that year.

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