-By Warner Todd Huston
Recently, Indiana became the 23rd state in the nation to pass a law preventing unions from forcing someone to join a union as a condition of being allowed to have a job and from having unions removing unions dues straight from worker’s check but now a judge sold out to union interests has attempted to put a stop to the worker’s rights law.
On October 16, Lake County, Indiana, Circuit Court Judge George Paras has allowed a lawsuit by the United Steekworkers to go through after the state asked that the suit be dismissed. The USW claimed that the new worker’s rights law violates the state constitution. Judge Paras agreed with the union that the law might violate a state clause that reads: “No person’s particular services shall be demanded, without just compensation.”
In his ruling, Paras said:
In denying the state’s motion, Judge Paras wrote that “it cannot categorically be said at this time” that the law does not violate the Indiana Constitution. Paras did agree to remove Gov. Mitch Daniels as a defendant in the lawsuit. The remaining defendants are Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Lori Torres, the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor.
Naturally, the union was elated.
Jim Robinson, Director of USW District 7, which includes the state of Indiana, noted, “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.”
Naturally the unions are upset that all their automatic cash forcibly removed from worker’s meager paychecks might slow to a trickle and they are upset that their power to control who is allowed to work and who isn’t will be damaged. Unions are very keen to have laws such as Indiana’s right to work law invalidated by their friends in the courts because the voters and the legislatures have finally proven somewhat less compliant towards union thugs.
So, now a victory for worker’s rights is on hold until more union-bought-and-sold judges ply their influence.
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