Indiana Supreme Court upholds right-to-work law, reversing Lake County ruling for union

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court has unanimously upheld Indiana's right-to-work law banning mandatory union fees.

The ruling issued Thursday reverses a Lake County judge's ruling that the 2012 law violates the Indiana constitution because the state was requiring a union to provide services without just compensation. The law bars unions from requiring non-members to pay representation fees.

Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers had argued federal labor law required it to represent all employees in a bargaining unit, not just those who chose to join the union. However, the opinion written by Justice Brent Dickson said that wasn't the case and occurs only when a union chooses to be an exclusive bargaining agent.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld the Indiana law in September.

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