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State Supreme Court To Hear Right To Work Case In September

The Indiana Supreme Court plans to hear arguments Sept. 4 regarding the state's right to work law.

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Union advocates protest outside of the statehouse when the legislature was considering passing right to work.

The Indiana Supreme Court plans to hear a challenge to the state’s Right to Work law on September 4.

A county judge previously ruled the law unconstitutional.

Indiana’s Right to Work law bans union contracts that requires non-union employees to pay fees for representation.

State Attorney General Greg Zoeller last year appealed Lake County Judge John Sedia’s ruling that the law violates a provision of the Indiana Constitution that says no person’s services shall be demanded without just compensation.

Because unions are required by federal law to represent all employees in a workplace, not just members, Sedia said Right to Work forces unions to represent those non-members for free.

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, as well as legal experts, have said they expect the Supreme Court to uphold the law and reverse Sedia’s decision.

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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