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.
Boy ticketed for riding bike in Anderson park
An Anderson boy shocked his family when he came home with a ticket -- for riding his bike in a park.
New development in Irvington moving forward
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission gave the green light for a new commercial development in Irvington to move forward.
Man injured in shooting on city's north side
Police were investigating after a man was shot on the city's north side Wednesday night.
Anderson police make arrest in fatal hit-and-run
Anderson police made an arrest after a Chesterfield woman was killed in a hit-and-run incident over the weekend.
1 arrested in fatal south-side shooting
One man was arrested after a person was killed in a shooting on the south side early Wednesday.
Missing 79-year-old man drowns in lake
Authorities ended their search for a missing Johnson County man Wednesday evening.