By TOM LoBIANCO
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Lake County judge has determined Indiana's right-to-work law violates a provision in the state constitution barring the delivery of services "without just compensation."
Lake Superior Court Judge John Sedia found that the law wrongly requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues. Indiana became the 23rd state in the nation to ban the collection of mandatory fees for representation from unions.
Since then, union lawyers have gone to the courts to try and overturn the law. Sedia issued an order last Thursday declaring the ban on collections and associated criminal penalties unconstitutional.
A spokesman for Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state will appeal the ruling directly to Indiana's Supreme Court.
Union spokesman Ed Maher calls the ruling a victory for the middle class and dues-paying members.