State Judge rules Indiana’s right-to-work law unconstitutional from Hammond Community.net
HAMMOND | A Lake County Superior Court judge has ruled Indiana’s right-to-work law unconstitutional, but the decision doesn’t mark the end of a legal battle over the measure.
Judge John Sedia ruled the law unconstitutional last week because the state constitution calls for just compensation for services, according to an order. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed in February 2013 on behalf of members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 AFL-CIO, who argued the law violated the constitution.
Collective bargaining continues to be a contention issue in the US. In December Michigan approved legislation [JURIST report] known as “Freedom to Work” that makes payment of union dues voluntary and limits workers’ ability to strike. In September 2012 the Michigan Supreme Court ordered [JURIST report] a union-backed measure to amend the state constitution to include a right to labor unionization and collective bargaining to appear on the November ballot. The measure was defeated 57-43 percent. Wisconsin faced a challenge against its legislation which limited the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. In July 2012 the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled [JURIST report] not to reopen a case challenging the state’s Budget Repair Bill [text, PDF] because of a justice’s refusal to recuse himself.