A legal challenge to Indiana’s Right to Work legislation has been filed in federal court, but the state’s Attorney General says he does not think there is much chance of the law getting struck down.
The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 filed the suit. In it, they claim the law violates several facets of both the state and federal constitutions. Among them is a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment and the contract clause of article one of the U.S. Constitution. But Indiana is not the first state to pass right-to-work, and Attorney General Greg Zoeller says Hoosier legislators used other laws as models.
“Unless there’s something unique about it, I’d say the likelihood of defending it is pretty high,” he says.
Union spokesman Ed Maher says each right-to-work law is a little different because they conform to each state constitution. He says Indiana’s right-to-work law has some significant errors he believes will help get it overturned.
“When you try to push it through quickly, you know, things like this slip through – just, what appear to be poor draftsmanship,” he says.
Maher says that includes the portion of the law dealing with construction trades not containing an enacting date. He says, without an enacting date, that part of the law immediately goes into effect and retroactively makes all current contracts illegal. That, he says, would violate both state and federal constitutions.