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September 12, 2013

Indiana appeals ruling throwing out right-to-work law

INDIANAPOLIS — The state is appealing a ruling declaring Indiana’s right-to-work law unconstitutional.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says his office filed a notice of appeal Tuesday and will defend the 2012 law that was previously upheld in federal court. The appeal will go before the Indiana Supreme Court.

Lake Superior Court Judge John Sedia ruled last week the law wrongly requires unions to represent workers who do not pay union dues. He says that violates a provision in the state constitution barring the delivery of services “without just compensation.”

Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers had challenged the law before Sedia. The Illinois-based local has members in northwestern Indiana. It also had challenged the law in federal court.

A message seeking comment was left for a union spokesman.

 

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