A Lake County superior court judge has ruled Indiana’s right-to-work law violates a section of the Indiana constitution.
A local operating engineers union in northwest Indiana challenged the controversial 2012 law in state court last year. Among several claims, union lawyers argued the law forces unions to provide services without just compensation.
In an order issued last Thursday, Lake County Judge John Sedia agreed, finding the law wrongly requires unions to represent non-dues paying workers.
“It becomes a criminal offense for a union to receive just compensation for particular services federal law demands it provide to employee,” Sedia writes, referring to the two parts of the law in question.
A spokesman for Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state will take an immediate appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court.
Union spokesman Ed Maher says his organization is delighted with the ruling, calling it a “huge win for the middle class.” The law will remain in effect pending the appeal.