Federal Court Dismisses Indiana Right-To-Work Lawsuit

A federal court says the challenge against the law was not an issue of constitutionality.

Statehouse steps

Photo: Christopher Ayers/WFIU-WTIU News

Protestors fill the steps of the statehouse on the day "right-to-work" legislation passed the Indiana General Assembly.

A federal court Thursday dismissed a challenge to so-called “right-to-work” legislation Indiana lawmakers passed in 2012.

In his ruling, Judge Philip Simon writes:

“For better or worse, the political branches of government make policy judgments. The electorate can ultimately decide whether those judgments are sound, wise and constitute good governance, and then can express their opinions at the polls and by other means…None of the legal challenges launched by the Union here to attack Indiana’s new Right to Work law can succeed.”

“The federal court’s decision supports the legal authority and policy decisions of the people’s elected representatives in the Legislature, and we appreciate the court’s thorough analysis,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement. “My office will continue to defend the statute from legal challenge or appeal in any future court action.”

The order invalidates a lawsuit brought forth by the AFL-CIO International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, among other plaintiffs.

They argued the law was unconstitutional.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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