On September 5, Indiana’s right-to-work law was declared unconstitutional by a state trial court judge. On Thursday, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a notice of appeal in the case.
Lake County Superior Court Judge John M. Sedia ruled that the right-to-work law violated the Indiana Constitution by requiring unions to provide services without payment. The law prohibits requiring employees to pay dues to a union. Under federal law, however, unions must represent all workers in a bargaining unit, including nonunion members. Sedia reasoned that the right-to-work law violated the Indiana Constitution’s provision guaranteeing just compensation for services rendered. Sweeney v. Zoeller, No. 45D01-1305-PK-52 (Superior Court, Sept. 5, 2013).