[r21] Rep. Wesco: FAQ on Right to Work (8/3/2012)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Start Date: 8/3/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 8/3/2012 End Time: 8:00 AM

Several recurring questions have been brought to my attention regarding Indiana's new Right to Work (RTW) law. I'd like to address these issues, and hopefully this will provide clarity.

What does the RTW law do?
Under RTW, you cannot be forced to join or financially support a union as a condition of employment or continued employment.

When does RTW go into effect?
RTW was effective upon passage. It applies to contracts entered into, modified, renewed or extended after March 14, 2012.

What if my company or union refuses to stop deducting fees/dues from my paycheck? Can I file a complaint and if so, with whom?
The RTW law does not apply to existing collective bargaining agreements, and it will not prohibit exclusive pre-hire agreements with labor unions in the building and contraction trades. The RTW law criminalizes violations of the law and gives prosecutors discretion to charge people or organizations criminally for violations. It also provides individuals with a private right of action that can be brought in civil court and provides for an administrative remedy by the Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL).

IDOL has posted a complaint form on their website for individuals who feel their rights under RTW have been violated.

If I'm fired or demoted for refusing to financially support a union, what is my recourse?
Under RTW, you cannot be forced to join or financially support a union as a condition of employment or continued employment. As stated above, the RTW law provides both criminal and civil remedies for violations. The complaint form from IDOL can be found here.

Click here for more information on RTW.