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Second Judge Strikes Down ‘Right To Work’ Law

A Lake County judge is the second judge to deem Indiana's ban on requiring union fees unconstitutional.

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The Indiana AFL-CIO already helps employees with worker rights issues, but the new worker center aims to specifically assist low-income, non-union employees.

The Indiana Attorney General is asking a Lake County judge to halt the effect of his ruling that strikes down Indiana’s right to work law.

The law, passed in 2012, bans union contracts that require non-union employees to pay fees for representation.

Lake County Circuit Court Judge George Paras ruled last week that right to work is unconstitutional and did not stay his ruling. Attorney General Greg Zoeller wants the judge to issue a stay while the case is appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court.

Another Lake County Judge, Superior Court Judge John Sedia, ruled the right to work law unconstitutional last year in a separate lawsuit. The state’s appeal in that case is set for a hearing at the Indiana Supreme Court in September.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • disqus_lz8OmPOcZh

    Leave Indiana if you need a good paying job. Baby Boomers you know what I’m talking about. If your employer has weeded you out for the low wage newby, apply out west where the right to work bill has not been accepted. Leave Indiana!!!!! I found a wonderful job out west….paying a good honest wage. Not the $10-$12 an hour employers are offering here.

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