Lake Co. judge strikes down Indiana right-to-work

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A Lake County judge has struck down Indiana's right-to-work ban on certain union fees in a second judicial blow to the contentious law passed in 2012.

Lake County Circuit Court Judge George Paras determined the law violates the state constitution by forcing unions to provide services to workers without payment. He wrote in his July 17 ruling that the law was immediately "null and void".

Indiana became the 23rd state in the nation in 2012 to ban unions from charging mandatory fees for representation. The fight drew thousands of union protesters to the Statehouse.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Wednesday he would appeal and seek an immediate stay of the ruling. A separate challenge is being considered by Indiana Supreme Court.

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