The United Steelworkers (USW)
released the following statement from USW District 7 Director Michael
Millsap after a Lake County judge’s ruling on Wednesday striking down the
state’s 2012 so-called “right-to-work” law.
The court ruled that the
law is a violation of Article 1, Section 21, of the Indiana Constitution,
which states that “No person’s particular services shall be demanded,
without just compensation.”
“This ruling is a
victory not just for unions, but for all of the hard-working people of
Indiana, who deserve fair wages, decent benefits and a secure retirement.
right-to-work (for less) laws are no more than an effort by corporations and
their friends in the legislature to help the rich get richer. They are meant
to weaken the voices and rights of workers by forcing their unions to work
“Nobody should be
forced to work for free. This notion is more than just common sense Đ it is
clearly stated in the Indiana Constitution.
should be striving to create jobs and make life better for all working
people - not attacking them with wrong-headed and unconstitutional laws like
USW District 7 represents
thousands of workers in the industrial and service sectors in Indiana and
Illinois. The USW is the largest industrial union in North America,
representing workers in a range of industries including metals, mining,
rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, health care, security, hotels, and
municipal governments and agencies.