CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A judge has rejected Indiana’s bid to throw out a
union challenge to the state’s right-to-work law.
The Times of Munster reported Thursday that Lake Circuit Judge George Paras
ruled the suit brought by the United Steelworkers can proceed.
At a hearing in Crown Point this month, Deputy Attorney General Kenneth Joel
argued the right-to-work law doesn’t require the union to do anything and
that federal law places the burden on unions to fairly represent all members
of a bargaining unit.
The union argues the law signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels in February violates a
clause in the Indiana constitution barring demands for services from someone
“without just compensation.” The law makes it illegal for unions to require
dues or other fees as a condition of employment.