21 October 2012
|GARY, Ind. – Indiana’s new so-called “right to work” law, which deprives unions of money needed to defend workers, is headed for a showdown in state courts.|
|That’s because Lake County (Gary) Circuit Judge George Paras ruled on Oct. 16 that the Steelworkers’ suit challenging the statute, as violating the state constitution, could go to trial. The GOP-run state government sought to dismiss the case.
The Indiana Legislature passed the law through earlier this year, over strenuous lobbying by the state AFL-CIO. Retiring Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind., signed it. It’s become an election issue, with the state fed using it as a reason to try to take back the Indiana House, now 60-40 GOP, this fall.
Right-to-work laws force unions to represent “free rider” workers who don’t pay dues or even representation fees. They’ve been a key cause of big business ever since Congress legalized them in 1947.
USW said forcing unions to represent workers while giving those workers a “free ride” violates Article 1, Section 21 of the Indiana constitution, which states: “No person’s particular services shall be demanded, without just compensation.”
“In denying the state’s motion to dismiss the challenge, Judge Paras wrote that ‘it cannot categorically be said at this time’ that the (right-to-work) law does not violate the Indiana Constitution,” the union said. “The decision means the case may proceed to a full hearing on the merits of the union’s argument.” No trial date has been set.
“We look forward to seeing this unjust law, which is bad for Hoosier workers and does not represent our Midwestern value of accepting personal responsibility, be struck down by the courts,” said Steelworkers District 7 President Jim Robinson.This article was written by Press Associates, Inc., news service. Used by permission.