State appeals ruling against right-to-work law

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Wednesday the state has asked the Indiana Supreme Court to reverse a Lake County judge’s order invalidating the right-to-work law that bans compulsory union dues.

Lake Superior Judge John Sedia ruled in September that the 2012 law that a year earlier prompted a lengthy walkout of Democratic lawmakers violated the Indiana Constitution’s ban on demanding services without just compensation.

Zoeller filed the appeal Wednesday on behalf of the Indiana Department of Labor and other state interests. The appeal argues that the law doesn’t demand particular services requiring just compensation and that the law safeguards worker rights, among other claims.

“New laws passed by legislators are presumed to be constitutional, and here the people’s elected representatives in the Indiana General Assembly made a public policy decision that should be respected, even as we respect the important role of organized labor in Indiana’s economy,” Zoeller said in a statement.

“We don’t begrudge the right of plaintiffs to challenge a statute but my office has a duty to defend that statute and argue that the lower court’s ruling should be reversed,” he said.


  • social justice
    I'm a registered member of the republican party and I fully support the right of organized labor to operate union shop style in our state and I'm totally opposed to the RTW legislation that undermines social justice. As the Pope said over 100 years ago in Rerum Novarum: "... some opportune remedy must be found quickly for the misery and wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working class: for the ancient workingmen's guilds were abolished in the last century, and no other protective organization took their place. Public institutions and the laws set aside the ancient religion. Hence, by degrees it has come to pass that working men have been surrendered, isolated and helpless, to the hardheartedness of employers and the greed of unchecked competition. The mischief has been increased by rapacious usury, which, although more than once condemned by the Church, is nevertheless, under a different guise, but with like injustice, still practiced by covetous and grasping men. To this must be added that the hiring of labor and the conduct of trade are concentrated in the hands of comparatively few; so that a small number of very rich men have been able to lay upon the teeming masses of the laboring poor a yoke little better than that of slavery itself."
  • Work without just compensation
    The union side argues the law is invalid as a violation of the Indiana Constitution for being "work without just compensation." But then then union argues that the employee should be required to pay out of their compensation union dues which the employee would rather not pay. So . . . which side is taking the compensation away? Sounds to me like forcing someone to pay dues to an organization they'd rather not belong to is the taking of the just compensation. Basically, you can't work here unless you agree to lower compensation by paying our union dues. Unions had a place in the world . . . but times change . . . let's just say "thank you" to the unions, disband and move on.

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