Union’s lawsuit off the mark


Both sides of Indiana’s right-to-work debate must still be a little dizzy in the head. And who can blame either side? The daily din of protests at the Statehouse earlier this year would leave anyone a bit out of whack.

Here comes more proof.

In a federal lawsuit filed in federal court, attorneys for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 argue that the right-to-work law infringes on the unions’ freedom of speech.

How? The right-to-work law, signed into law this year, allows workers to skip paying union dues even if the union bargains for wages and benefits on their behalf. The lawsuit’s contention is that right-to-work limits a union’s ability to build up coffers needed to negotiate beyond the plant floor — namely in Statehouses and other political lobbying settings.


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