November 6, Indianapolis, IN. The Indiana Supreme Court unanimously upheld a state law that gives workers in Indiana the “right” to work without being forced into joining a Union or paying Union dues. Even though a lower court declared the law unconstitutional, this 3 judge panel overturned that ruling. The Indiana state Constitution prohibits requiring anyone to provide services without being paid. Unions argued that their efforts benefited all workers, so those not paying dues to the Unions were receiving services for free and that violated the Constitution.
Justice Brent Dickson said the right-to-work law “merely prohibits employers from requiring union membership or the payment of monies as a condition of employment.” That means unions are free to not offer services to non-union members and the argument put forth is without merit. “Any compulsion to provide services does not constitute a demand made by the State of Indiana,” he wrote for the court.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement that the decision “confirmed that the people’s elected representatives in the legislature were within their legal authority to craft an economic policy prohibiting involuntary union dues.”
“We are deeply disappointed,” James Sweeney, president and business manager of Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, said in a statement. “Because this decision is based on what we firmly believe to be a misinterpretation of federal law, we will consider petitioning the United States Supreme Court to hear this case.”
Convincing the Supreme Court to take up this case requires that challengers of the ruling persuade the Justices that both the Indiana Supreme Court and a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Chicago erred when ruling the law did not violate the U.S. Constitution or federal law. Twenty-four states have statues in place concerning “right-to-work” legislation, so a challenge to the Highest Court in the land is unlikely to succeed.
As many unions lean left and donate to largely Democratic campaigns, conservatives and Christians have long held that their rights were violated in forced unionization situations. Dues they were required to pay in order to work, routinely helped elect representatives who did not “represent” their political, spiritual, or social views. Teachers, craftsmen, and workers of all kinds have seen their personal freedom increase due to right-to-work legislation. Unions, however, have seen a decline in membership and revenue.
H/T: Conservative Tribune
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