News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 9, 2014

High court to hear appeal of right-to-work law


Associated Press

---- — MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments in September on Indiana’s appeal of a judge’s ruling declaring the state’s right-to-work law unconstitutional.

The Times of Munster reports the Supreme Court will hear 40 minutes of oral arguments on the issue on Sept. 4.

Lake Superior Court Judge John Sedia last year found that the law wrongly requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues.  Indiana became the first state in the Rust Belt to approve right-to-work after two chaotic sessions of the Indiana General Assembly marked by a walkout of House Democrats in 2011 and periodic boycotts by Democrats in 2012.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller contends the right-to-work law imposes no demands on unions, but gives employees the choice whether to join a union.