INDIANAPOLIS - A federal appeals court has ruled Indiana’s Right to Work law does not violate federal labor law or any constitutional rights.
The three-judge panel handed down a divided ruling Tuesday.
The decision means Indiana’s Right to Work law – which prohibits companies from forcing employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment – remains in effect.
The court’s ruling said “Because it is federal law that provides a duty of fair representation, Indiana’s right‐to‐work statute does not 'take' property from the Union – it merely precludes the Union from collecting fees designed to cover the costs of performing the duty.”
In her dissent, Chief Judge Diane Wood wrote, “Today’s decision is either incorrect or it lays bare an unconstitutional confiscation perpetuated by our current system of labor law.”
The Indiana General Assembly passed the law in 2012, despite vigorous protests by unions, and a walkout by democratic lawmakers.
Two Lake County judges have ruled the state’s Right to Work law unconstitutional, but the Indiana Supreme Court has stayed both decisions .
The Supreme Court will hear arguments in one of those cases on Thursday.
Local faith groups engaging millennials online
Faith may either drive your life or be of little consequence, but no matter what role God plays in your daily routine, it’s become a…
IMPD: Elderly man's fatal shooting not random
An east-side retirement community is on edge after an 82-year-old neighbor was found fatally shot in his home last weekend.
Family celebrates Hannah Wilson's legacy
As the investigation into Hannah Wilson’s death continues, the Indiana University student's family is simply grieving for their loved one.
Four injured in IndyGo bus crash on NE side
Four people, including a teenager, were injured in a crash involving an IndyGo bus on the city’s northeast side Monday afternoon.
Messel has violent past, few years behind bars
Court records obtained by the Call 6 Investigators show Hannah Wilson's murder suspect, Daniel Messel, 49, has an extensive criminal…