Judge declares Indiana ‘right to work’ law unconstitutional
Indiana’s much-derided “right-to-work” law was ruled unconstitutional on Monday by a state Superior Court judge, paving the way for another legal battle with the state Supreme Court.
WXIN-TV reported that Judge John Sedia’s ruling found that a provision in the law requiring unions to represent workers who do not pay union dues violates the state constitution.
State Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R) reportedly signaled his intention to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court, while one of the main proponents of the law, state Rep. Jerry Torr (R), told the Indianapolis Star that opponents purposefully chose to argue the law before Sedia in Lake County, considered an area friendlier to unions.
“I’m sure they went forum shopping when they filed the suit,” Torr said to the Star. “I am confident that this decision won’t stand.”
WRTV-TV reported that the law will remain in effect while Torr’s office prepares an appeal.
The law has been vociferously opposed by union workers and activists since being passed, with hundreds taking part in a protest outside the state legislature in November 2012.
Watch WXIN’s report on the verdict, aired Monday, below.