Union withdraws request for temporary restraining order

March 6, 2012

The union that filed a lawsuit last month in federal court challenging Indiana’s “right-to-work” law has withdrawn its emergency motion for a temporary restraining order.

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, AFL-CIO, and representatives filed the suit and request for temporary restraining order because the plaintiffs believe the law in its entirety is invalid. Its motion for TRO was based mostly on the union’s belief that the provisions in Indiana Code 22-6-6 are immediately applicable to the construction industry, but the Indiana Department of Labor and the Office of the Indiana Attorney General assert that the provisions of the law don’t apply to construction industry agreements before March 14, 2012, and don’t retroactively apply.

The union has collective bargaining agreements in effect with building and construction industry employers in Indiana and believed that if the law took effect immediately, it would impair the contractual relationships.

The union withdrew the motion for TRO without prejudice.



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