Indiana Supreme Court upholds right-to-work law

This photo taken Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, shows the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has unanimously upheld Indiana’s right-to-work law banning mandatory union fees.

The ruling issued Thursday reverses a Lake County judge’s ruling that the 2012 law violates the Indiana constitution because the state was requiring a union to provide services without just compensation. The law bars unions from requiring non-members to pay representation fees.

Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers had argued federal labor law required it to represent all employees in a bargaining unit, not just those who chose to join the union. However, the opinion written by Justice Brent Dickson said that wasn’t the case and occurs only when a union chooses to be an exclusive bargaining agent.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld the Indiana law in September.

Governor Pence released the following statement on the ruling:

Today’s unanimous decision by the Indiana Supreme Court upholding Indiana’s right to work law is a victory for the freedom of every Hoosier in the workplace. By this ruling, our Court has reaffirmed Indiana law that no Hoosier may be compelled to join a union as a condition of their employment but every Hoosier is free to join a union if they choose.


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