Indiana seeks stay on right-to-work ruling

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Indiana's attorney general says the state is seeking an immediate stay of a Lake County judge's ruling striking down the 2012 right-to-work statute.

Lake County Circuit Court Special Judge George Paras found the state's right-to-work law unconstitutional in the lawsuit United Steel et al. v. Zoeller et al. Judge Paras ordered on July 17 that the ruling take effect immediately.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office wants an immediate stay of the ruling so the law can remain in effect while the ruling is appealed.

Zoeller's office already is defending the right-to-work law from a separate legal challenge, Sweeney v. Zoeller. 

Zoeller said the United Steel ruling also is being appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court, and during the appeal a stay is appropriate and necessary, in light of the upcoming argument in the Sweeney case.

The law, passed by the Indiana legislature in 2012 following a walkout by Democratic lawmakers the previous year, makes it a Class A misdemeanor to require a non-union member to pay union dues as a condition of employment, and it gives the Indiana Department of Labor, the Attorney General's Office and county prosecutors some role in enforcement of violations.