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Judge allows union suit against right-to-work law

Associated Press
October 18, 2012
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A judge has rejected Indiana's bid to throw out a union challenge to the state's right-to-work law.

The Times of Munster reported Thursday that Lake Circuit Judge George Paras ruled the suit brought by the United Steelworkers can proceed.

At a hearing in Crown Point this month, Deputy Attorney General Kenneth Joel argued the right-to-work law doesn't require the union to do anything and that federal law places the burden on unions to fairly represent all members of a bargaining unit.

The union argues the law signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels in February violates a clause in the Indiana constitution barring demands for services from someone "without just compensation." The law makes it illegal for unions to require dues or other fees as a condition of employment.

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  • Thieves
    The company I work for provided temps for an Illinois company while the union was on strike. When the strike ended some of the temps stayed on and were still employed through us. The union demanded they pay to join, and pay one months dues. After a bunch of them did this, they were let go. The unions are costing our companies and our workers too much money. Everyone, as this is a free country, should have the right to join and the right to pay the union.
  • Once Again...
    Hoosiers supported Right To Work by huge numbers and will elect another republican governor by a substantial majority, yet our taxpayer dollars have to go to defend this BS lawsuit. When will our voices be heard? My nephew is a steelworker and a member of the union. I have known him since the day he was born and can state unequivocally that he doesn't know ANYTHING about this lawsuit. I will have to explain to him why he's paying twice -- once through his union dues and then again through his state income taxes to pay for a lawsuit brought by union bosses he will never know, just to try to validate their existence in the face of declining relevence. Jeez...

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  1. By the way, the right to work law is intended to prevent forced union membership, not as a way to keep workers in bondage as you make it sound, Italiano. If union leadership would spend all of their funding on the workers, who they are supposed to be representing, instead of trying to buy political favor and living lavish lifestyles as a result of the forced membership, this law would never had been necessary.

  2. Unions once served a noble purpose before greed and apathy took over. Now most unions are just as bad or even worse than the ills they sought to correct. I don't believe I have seen a positive comment posted by you. If you don't like the way things are done here, why do you live here? It would seem a more liberal environment like New York or California would suit you better?

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  4. This surprises you? Mayor Marine pulled the same crap whenhe levered the assets of the water co up by half a billion $$$ then he created his GRAFTER PROGRAM called REBUILDINDY. That program did not do anything for the Ratepayors Water Infrastructure Assets except encumber them and FORCE invitable higher water and sewer rates on Ratepayors to cover debt coverage on the dough he stole FROM THE PUBLIC TRUST. The guy is morally bankrupt to the average taxpayer and Ratepayor.

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