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2:42 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Judge Dismisses Right-to-Work Suit; Appeal Considered

Leaders of an Indiana union local say they considering an appeal of a federal judge’s dismissal this week of their suit challenging the state’s right-to-work law enacted last year.

Judge Philip Simon in Hammond ruled Thursday that none of the union's arguments against the law could succeed in federal court, although a challenge could still be made in state courts.

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 filed the lawsuit last year trying to block the law, which bans contracts that require workers to pay union representation fees. The legislative fight over the Republican-backed law led to boycotts by Democratic legislators during the 2011 and 2012 sessions.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the judge's ruling supports the legislature's right to make policy decisions.

A union spokesman says the leaders of Local 150 are considering whether to appeal and to take action in state court.