(Gary, Ind.) - A legal challenge to Indiana’s Right to Work law is being allowed to go forward.
The United Steelworkers union filed a suit in Lake County Circuit Court claiming the law violates Indiana’s constitution. The State of Indiana had been seeking the lawsuit’s dismissal.
Passed by the Republican-led Indiana legislature earlier this year, the right to work law prohibits employers from requiring employees to be part of a union or pay union fees as a condition of employment.
Judge George Paras ruled Thursday that it cannot categorically be determined that the law does not violate Article 1, Section 21 of the state constitution: “No person's particular services shall be demanded, without just compensation.”
“We are pleased by this decision and look forward to seeing this unjust law, which is bad for Hoosier workers and does not represent our Midwestern value of accepting personal responsibility, be struck down by the courts,” said Jim Robinson, Director of USW District 7.
By enacting the right to work law in Febraury, Indiana became the country's 23rd right to work state, and the first in the Midwest.