Indiana right-to-work law is unconstitutional, court says

Decision is a victory for the state’s unions … for now

Passed amid a cloud of controversy in February, the right-to-work law in Indiana has been ruled unconstitutional, according to a state court judge. “The reasoning is strained and rests on the rather peculiar notion that ‘just compensation’ for a union means forcing all employees to pay dues, whether they support the union’s aims or not,” Fisher & Phillips said in a release yesterday about the ruling.

On Feb. 1, Indiana became the 23rd state to enact a right-to-work law, which prohibits employers and labor organizations from requiring employees, as a condition of initial or continued employment, to become or remain a member of a labor organization; pay dues, fees, assessments or other charges to a labor organization; or pay a charity or third party a dues equivalent.


Cathleen Flahardy

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